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IC&RC Announces Updated Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Job Analysis

June 09, 2014 10:18 AM | Deleted user

IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its updated Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis (JA). IC&RC’s Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential is held by more addiction counselors than any other credential of its kind.

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 Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis will be used to develop a new examination to be administered by all IC&RC member boards in late 2014. More details regarding the first administration of the examination will be forthcoming.

The new examination will include the following four domains:
  • Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
  • Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral
  • Counseling
  • Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
Changes in the JA include combining the previous eight domains into four essential domains and inclusion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. The full exam content outline and updated reference list can be found here.

For more information on the first administration of this exam and all IC&RC’s testing policies and procedures, please visit our examination page at

IC&RC is proud to stay in the forefront of the ever evolving field with the release of its updated ADC Job Analysis.

Please feel free to direct any questions you may have regarding these changes to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director at

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