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Leading the World in Credentialing

For Prevention, Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Professionals

Empowering Professionals and Setting Global Standards in the Prevention, Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Profession.

IC&RC promotes public protection by offering internationally recognized credentials and examinations for prevention, substance use disorder and recovery professionals.

Our credentials and examinations use the latest research on evidence-based practices, are updated every five years, and subjected to an extensive process of peer review.

IC&RC by the Numbers

Standards developed for credentialing in:

  • Alcohol and Drug
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Criminal Justice Addictions Professional
  • Entry Level Peer Recovery
  • Harm Reduction
  • Peer Recovery
  • Prevention Specialist

Member certification and licensing boards across 50 U.S. states and territories, three Native American regions, all branches of the U.S. military and 11 international regions.

Representing more than 50,000 prevention, substance use disorder and recovery professionals.


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You can transfer your credentials between jurisdictions that use IC&RC products.

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IC&RC’s Newest Certification

Introducing the Harm Reduction Specialist (HRS) Training

Harm Reduction Specialist (HRS) Objectives of the IC&RC’s Harm Reduction Certification:

  • Increase knowledge around harm reduction and how it can be used in the recovery processes
  • Apply skills within a harm reduction framework to current practice
  • Feel comfortable having conversations around harm reduction with clients and the community
  • Identify obstacles in applying harm reduction and develop strategies to overcome these obstacles
  • Learn to engage people who are continuing to use substances into harm reduction recovery practices
  • Build the foundation for clinical and non-clinical communication around harm reduction strategies

Always Looking at the Road Ahead

Globally Recognized for Credentialing Prevention, Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Professionals

IC&RC, the largest credentialing organization in the world, began with a vision of a unified field of alcohol and drug counselors, regardless of location. A small group found a way to bridge the differences between states, then nations.