Submit original and one copy of all application paperwork. Applications will not be processed without the 2 copies. Copies of the original application submitted can be made in the WVCBAPP office for a fee of $25.00. Note that as of September 2015, re-certification fee is $175.00 for AADC, ADC, CCJP, PS credentials. Re-certification fee for Clinical Supervisor is $75.00. All application fees can be paid online by clicking the 'purchase' button in the sidebar next to each certification type.  


 

Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC)

Requirements for the Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certification are as follows:

  • 6 years of qualifying experience (accredited degree = 3 of the 6)
  • 300 hours of training/instruction 70 of which must be addiction specific, 6 hours of the 70 addiction specific training/instruction must be addiction specific ethics
  • 3 years supervised work experience to chemically dependent individuals/families
  • 100-300 hours supervised work experience, (or less, depending on the level of education documented) 10 hours minimum in the twelve core functions
  • Must live or work 51% of the time in West Virginia
  • Must pass the IC&RC International ADC Examination
  • Must adhere to counselor specific code of ethics (NAADAC)
  • Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics.
 

ADC Certification Application Form

ADC Re-Certification Application Form

ADC Manual


 

Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC)

The Advance Alcohol & Drug Counselor (AADC) Demonstrates the highest competence in the addictions counseling field. Requirements for this certification are as follows:

  • Minimum of a Masters Degree in a behavioral science field with a clinical application
  • Also includes completion of 180 hours addiction specific education with 6 hours of 180 addiction specific ethics
  • 3 years direct experience of which 1 year must be post masters
  • 2000 hours of supervised ADC experience
  • 100-300 hours supervised work experience, (or less, depending on the level of education documented) 10 hours minimum in the twelve core functions
  • Must live or work 51% of the time in West Virginia
  • Must pass the IC&RC International AADC Examination
  • Must adhere to a counselor specific code of ethics (NAADAC)
  • Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics
  • An AADC credentialed as such after April 30, 2015 cannot provide SPE without the CS additional credential
 

AADC Certification Application Form

AADC Re-Certification Application Form

AADC Manual


 

Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP)

The certification process for criminal justice professionals was developed for treatment professionals working with the criminal justice population. The 1997 Role Delineation Study identified six performance domains which describe the skills and knowledge necessary for the criminal justice professional. They include: Dynamics of Addiction; Legal, Ethical and Professional Responsibilities; Criminal Justice System; Screening Intake and Assessment; Case Management; and, Counseling.

The requirements for the CCJP are as follows:

Candidates looking to take the CCJP examination must first take and pass the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) or the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor(AADC) examination.

For Professionals who already hold the ADC

Experience:  2,000 hours of criminal justice work experience defined as providing direct service to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

Education:  100 hours of education relevant to the CCJP Job Analysis

Supervision:  100 hours of supervision specific to CCJP Job Analysis with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Examination:  Pass the IC&RC CCJP Examination

For Professionals who already hold the AADC

Experience:  2,000 hours of criminal justice work experience defined as providing direct service to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

Education:  100 hours of education relevant to the CCJP Job Analysis

Supervision:  100 hours of supervision specific to CCJP Job Analysis with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Examination:  Pass the IC&RC CCJP Examination

Other qualifications:

  • Must live or work 51% of the time in West Virginia
  • Must adhere to counselor specific code of ethics (NAADAC)
  • Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics
 

CCJP Certification Application Form

CCJP Re-Certification Application Form

CCJP Manual


 

Prevention Specialist (PS)

IC&RC Defines Prevention as: A proactive process which empowers individuals and systems to meet the challenges of life events and transitions, by creating and reinforcing healthy behavior and lifestyles and by reducing risk factors contributing to alcohol, tobacco and other drug usage and other related issues.

The requirements for the Prevention Specialist Certification are as follows:

Level I Prevention Specialist

  • 4 years qualifying work experience
  • 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university 12 of which must be in the content areas of the domains, which are listed in the Prevention Specialist Manual
  • 180 hour education
  • Must live or work 51% of the time in West Virginia
  • Must pass the IC&RC International CPS Examination
  • Must adhere to a prevention code of ethics
  • Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics

Level II Prevention Specialist

  • 6 years of paid experience
  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university of which 24 credits must be in the content areas of the domains, which are listed in the Prevention Specialist Manual
  • 300 hour education/training (70 must be prevention specific, 6 must be ethics training)
  • Must live or work 51% of the time in West Virginia
  • Must pass the IC&RC International CPS written examination
  • Must adhere to a prevention code of ethics
  • Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics
 

PS Certification Application Form

PS Re-Certification Application Form

PS Manual


 

Clinical Supervisor (CS)

The Clinical Supervisor certification has the following requirements:

  • Candidate must hold a current and valid Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor(AADC) or Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP) credential at the reciprocal level.
  • Verification of five (5) years (10,000) hours of counseling experience as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor.
  • Verification of two (2) years (4,000) hours of clinical supervisory experience in the alcohol and other drug abuse field. These two (2) years may be included in the five (5) years of counseling experience and must include the provision of 200 contact hours of face-to face clinical supervision.
  • Verification of thirty (30) hours of didactic education/training in clinical supervision. This must include education/training in each of the following four domains: Assessment/Evaluation; Counselor Development; Management/Administration; and Professional Responsibilities. There must be a minimum of six (6) hours supervision in each of the four domains.
  • Must live or work 51% of the time in West Virginia
  • Must pass the IC&RC International CS Examination
  • Must adhere to counselor specific code of ethics (NAADAC)
  • Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education. Six (6) of the 40 CEUs must be supervision specific
 

CS Certification Application Form

CS Re-Certification Application Form

CS Manual


 

Peer Recovery (PR)

A Peer Recovery Certification carries the following requirements:

Employment

  • 500 hours of volunteer or paid experience specific to the domains
  • Volunteer and part time experience is acceptable if it is provided under direct supervision
  • Supervised work experience must be in the four PR domains

Supervision

25 hours of supervision specific to the domains with a minimum of 6 hours in each of the four domains.  Supervision must be provided by an organizations documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description.


Education

  • High school diploma/GED
  • 46 clock hours of education specific to domains.  A nationally recognized Peer Support Specialist Certification training will meet the majority of these qualifications.
  • 3 college credits are equivalent to 45 clock hours
  • Education, as defined in the manual, which the applicant provides to others may be used providing it is verified in writing by sponsoring school or agency. 
  • Must re-certify every two years with 20 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics

Examination

Must pass the IC & RC Peer Recovery Support Specialist exam

 

PR Certification Application Form

PR Re-Certification Application Form

PR Manual


 

Emeritus Status

Please see the links on the right if you are retired and wish to retain your current credentialing status.

 

Emeritus Status Application Form