International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP) 

A Credential That Changes Lives & Your Career

The statistics are stark:

  • 1 out of every 100 U.S. citizens is now behind bars.
  • Approximately 80% have abused drugs or alcohol.
  • Nearly ½ are clinically addicted.

Drug offenders account for more than one-third of the growth in state prison population since 1985. Addiction counseling with individuals in the criminal justice system is complex and complicated, and it requires specialized training. Substance abuse or mental health training alone doesn’t really prepare professionals for dealing with the interaction of addictive and criminal thinking.

In addition to addiction counseling skills and theoretical understanding, Criminal Justice Addictions Professionals (CCJP) need an understanding of the criminal justice system and criminal thought patterns. The CCJP credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision, and the passing of a rigorous examination.

Adopted in 2002, the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional is one of the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. There are now 27 U.S. states and territories that offer a reciprocal CCJP credential. This credential is recognized as the gold standard for competency in the field and has been endorsed by the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA).

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 Criminal Justice Addictions Professional 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 for professionals preparing for the Criminal Justice Addictions Professional Examination. 

More information is available on the Exam Preparation page. 

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