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IC&RC Announces New Prevention Specialist Job Analysis

May 02, 2013 9:00 AM | Deleted user

IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its new Prevention Specialist Job Task Analysis (JA).

A JA is the methodical process of determining what elements of practice and knowledge are important to assess as part of a certification examination and serves as the blueprint for the examination. It is the process that directly links an examination score to a specific job and ensures that an exam is valid, reliable, and legally defensible. To stay relevant to current trends and practices, a JA must be updated every five to seven years.

The updated Prevention Specialist Job Analysis will be used to develop a new examination to be administered for the first time on December 13, 2013 by IC&RC member boards.

The new examination will include the following six domains:

  1. Planning and Evaluation
  2. Prevention Education and Service Delivery
  3. Communication
  4. Community Organization
  5. Public Policy and Environmental Change
  6. Professional Growth and Responsibility

In addition to the new Communication domain, the former domain of Education and Skill Development has been changed to Prevention Education and Service Delivery. The new JA also broadens the scope of a Prevention Specialist from focusing strictly on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) to encompassing aspects of mental, emotional, and behavioral health. The full exam content outline and updated reference list can be found on the following pages.

The new examination will continue to have 150 questions, of which 25 will be non-weighted, pretest questions. For more information on pretesting, please read Important Information Regarding IC&RC Exams.

IC&RC is the only organization offering standards and an examination for Prevention Specialist certification and is proud to stay in the forefront of the ever evolving field.

To learn more detailed information, please download the 2013 Prevention Specialist JTA Announcement. This document may also be used to share the news of the updated Job Task Analysis.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director, at or via phone at +1-717-540-4457 Ext. 105.

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