International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Candidate Guide

A CCDPD Candidate Guide has been developed to provide candidates with guidance for the examination process. It provides information on examination development, administration, content, sample questions and reference lists. 


Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD) 

Care for co-occurring disorders is complex and complicated, and it requires specialized training. Substance abuse or mental health training alone doesn’t really prepare you for dealing with the interaction of both disorders, which are constantly influencing each other.

Treating co-occurring disorders is a distinctive discipline, which blends the best of mental health and substance abuse treatment into a “third technology” – and the best way to do that is to hold a co-occurring disorders credential. The Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD) credential is based on the concept that co-occurring disorders are more than the sum of their parts.

A thorough understanding of co-occurring disorders and the latest evidence-based practices for treatment is the hallmark of a qualified professional. The CCDPD credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision, and the passing of a rigorous examination.

Adopted in 2007, the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate credential is among the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. There are now 19 countries, U.S. states, and territories that offer a reciprocal co-occurring credential.

The certification is administered on a jurisdiction level by an IC&RC Member Board. Each IC&RC Member Board has unique procedures, requirements, and documents – so specific questions about pursuing a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate credential should be directed to your local board. You can find contact information for each IC&RC board, along with the IC&RC credentials offered, in our Member Board Directory.

Exam Preparation

IC&RC has developed a Candidate Guide and endorsed a study guide for professionals preparing for the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate Examination. 

More information is available on the Exam Preparation page. 

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