International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Changes to the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) examination.

August 11, 2017 9:56 AM | Deleted user

IC&RC making changes to the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) examination.

Since June of 2008, the AADC examination has included a written case presentation where candidates were provided with a case overview of a hypothetical client and asked 13 associated questions about the case. This long case study will be eliminated from the AADC examination effective September 1, 2017. The long case will be replaced with multiple small vignettes approximately 1-2 paragraphs in length with 3-5 associated examination questions.

Candidates currently scheduled for the AADC examination on or after September 1, 2017 will be taking the examination with multiple small vignettes.

The change from long case studies to small vignettes will not affect the scoring of examination. There will continue to be 150 items on the AADC examination and the score range will be 200-800 with a 500 passing.

More information on IC&RC’s AADC credential and examination can be found at this link: AADC Candidate Guide.

Any questions about these changes may be directed to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director, at

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