International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Credentialing 101

Credentialing provides much-needed standardization to the rapidly growing and ever-evolving  professions of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery.

For professionals, becoming credentialed demonstrates competency, by having professional expertise and qualifications verified by an independent evaluator. It recognizes achievement of a standard of professional education and experience necessary to provide quality prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery services. In addition, credentialing demonstrates ongoing learning through the required continuing education for recertification. Credentialing also provides employers, clients, and their families with the assurance that you have met internationally recognized standards of professionalism and ethics.

For the public, credentialing assures that service providers have met a level of competency as determined by an international consortium of professionals adhering to the highest standards of quality and integrity.

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