International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Candidate Guide

A CS 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. 


Clinical Supervisor (CS) 

Guiding the Future of the Profession & Your Career

Adopted in 1992, the Clinical Supervisor (CS) is one of the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. There are now 40 countries, U.S. states, and territories that offer a reciprocal CS credential.

In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has named substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors as one of the fastest growing professions. The number of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors across the country is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2018. The career is attractive, due to stable salaries and prospects for advancement. The government report especially mentions the value of certification: “Becoming certified is voluntary, but having certification may enhance one’s job prospects.”

As more and more new counselors enter the field, the need for competent, trained, and ethical Clinical Supervisors will grow significantly. An essential part of quality clinical programs, CSs teach, coach, mentor, and evaluate practitioners to assure appropriate and effective service delivery of substance use disorder services. Effective clinical supervision is fundamental to having an effective counseling workforce.

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

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 Clinical Supervisor 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 practice exam for professionals preparing for the Clinical Supervisor Examination. 

More information is available on the Exam Preparation page.

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