Frequently asked questions

Certification

How do I become Certified?


To have an IBADCC Certification, each Certificate has its requirements; please check the certification tab to determine which requirements you need on our website. IBADCC no longer does the application and certification process through the mail. Everything is on our online platform called Certemy; the following link here.




Do I need an IBADCC certification to treat Alcohol/Drug patients?


No, you do not need a certification from IBADCC to treat Alcohol/Drug patients. However, if you are treating patients whose care is funded by the government then either a certification from IBADCC or a Qualified Substance Use Disorders Professional (QSUDP) designation from the Department of Health & Welfare will be required. Clinicians who provide direct client substance use disorders (SUD) treatment services by a Department of Health and Welfare approved substance use disorders treatment agency must be approved as a Qualified Substance Use Disorders Professional (QSUDP) or a Qualified Substance Use Disorders Professional Trainee (QSUDPT) in accordance with IDAPA 16.07.20 subsections 218 or 223.
Clinicians who provide Clinical Supervision to QSUDPs and QSUDPTs providing direct client SUD Treatment Services in a Department of Health and Welfare approved substance use disorders treatment agency must be approved as a Clinical Supervisor in accordance with IDAPA 16.07.20 subsection 216.
See Information for Providers on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - Substance Use Disorders website: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Medical/SubstanceUseDisorders/tabid/105/Default.aspx




How do I become a QSUDP from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare?


Clinicians who provide direct client substance use disorders (SUD) treatment services by a Department of Health and Welfare approved substance use disorders treatment agency must be approved as a Qualified Substance Use Disorders Professional (QSUDP) or a Qualified Substance Use Disorders Professional Trainee (QSUDPT) in accordance with IDAPA 16.07.20 subsections 218 or 223. Clinicians who provide Clinical Supervision to QSUDPs and QSUDPTs providing direct client SUD Treatment Services in a Department of Health and Welfare approved substance use disorders treatment agency must be approved as a Clinical Supervisor in accordance with IDAPA 16.07.20 subsection 216. See Information for Providers on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - Substance Use Disorders website: www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Medical/SubstanceUseDisorders/tabid/105/Default.aspx




How do I become certified?


In the ISAS manual under education and experience there is a list of courses that must be included on official transcripts. The titles do not have to match, the content of the courses completed needs to cover the "suggested content" of the titles in the ISAS manual. The manuals state that education must have been provided by an approved source, it does go on to list several sources. One of the approved sources is an accredited college/university. To interpret that rule, it is assumed that the education you received through a degree program will be approved, as long as the courses included required content. The level of certification that you qualify for depends on the hours of work experience you have accumulated over the course of your career. The hours of education/experience required varies for each level of certification. Please check the requirements, found in each manual (usually page 6), to help you determine which level best suites your experience. The purpose of the application process is to screen candidates seeking certification. If you have information that you would like the education committee to review, it is appropriate for you to submit an application package. The education committee reviews all application packages. After the committee has made a determination, you receive a letter that instructs you on the next step in the process to become certified. You can check the date of the next education committee meeting on our calendar page.




Where is the application link?


Application links can be found within each Certification




How do I become a Certified Recovery Coach?


IBADCC now offers certification for both a Certified Peer Recovery Coach and a Certified Recovery Coach. Please refer to Certification/CPRC or CRC for the eligibility requirements.




Does a CPR class count towards CEUs (Continuing Education Units)?


Although CPR classes may be a requirement of your job, they do not count towards your certification requirement of 20 CEUs per year. As stated on page 2 of the Renewal packet: Education must be related to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks within each performance domain.




Where do I get a Health and Welfare background check?


You must contact the Idaho Criminal History Unit at: http://chu.dhw.idaho.gov There is a sample of what the clearance letter should look like in each certification manual. Include a copy of the clearance letter with your certification application.




How do I get reciprocity to/from Idaho?


In order to receive reciprocity in Idaho please contact your current certifying board and explain that you would like reciprocity to IBADCC in Idaho. If you are looking to receive reciprocity in to another state, please email us for a Reciprocity Form.




Will my certification receive reciprocity/transfer to another state?


Certification transfers are possible with boards who are members of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The state you are transferring to must have an equivalent level of certification. Click here to find member boards in other states. If the state you are moving to is a member of the IC&RC and you would like to apply for reciprocity, please contact the IBADCC office to receive a copy of the application.




How much is the IBADCC certification two-year renewal fee?





How many Continuing Education Units do I need annually?


Policy Change - Effective March 15, 2020 - The current requirement of obtaining 50% of your continuing education hours via in-person trainings will continue to be waived. You will remain having the option to obtain all education through online programs, including those needed to meet the professional and ethical responsibilities requirement.
Policy Change - Effective January 1, 2017 - Ethics has to be face to face and it can not be an in-house inservice.
Policy Change -Effective June 1, 2016 - NO carryover with Two-Year renewals. Education hours must include ethics.




How do I order my IC&RC Certificate?


Download the IC&RC Order Form return form with payment to IC&RC by fax to +1 717-540-4458 or mail to 298 South Progress Avenue, Harrisburg, PA, 17109 USA. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the processing and mailing of your certificate(s).




Does a Bachelors in Criminal Justice degree qualify for one of the three (3) years of experience required for certification as a CADC (outlined in CADC manual)?


No. The IBADCC Board has determined that it does not.




Can the IBADCC office photocopy certification application information (transcripts, reference letters, etc) for other IBADCC certifications that an applicant may want to pursue in the future?


Each certification has unique forms. All forms for each certification must be completed and submitted to the IBADCC office. Health & Welfare Background Checks will be accepted within three (3) years of date of application. Official Transcripts can be re-used if there are no changes in education between certification applications.




How do I know the continuing education (CE) I am taking is approved?


Renewal Procedures: All education providers must be on the approved list at the time the education is recorded: NAADAC, State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, NASW, NBCC, IC&RC, IBADCC or an accredited college/university. Documentation needs to include a copy of any certificates of completion or an official college/university transcript




When will I know if my application or renewal has been approved?


The Education Committee is responsible for reviewing all renewal and application packages. They meet once a month, on Friday. Applications and Renewals are processed through our new online platform, Certemy. Once applications and renewals are approved, the IBADCC office staff works diligently to process in the platform, which automatically notifies professionals. Certificates are mailed within 5 business days following approval.




How do I request a Name change?


Requests for name chane should be made directly in your online Certemy account. Proof of change must be submitted with the request.





Certemy

What is Certemy?


IBADCC has launched a new fully online platform for submitting applications and renewals for IBADCC certifications. This platform allows professionals to submit all applications and renewal documents 100% online as they complete them. Additionally, this allows the IBADCC staff to continually approve and provide timely feedback for applications/renewals. The purpose of this is to hopefully streamline the application process and to improve communications between IBADCC and you.




Where is Certemy? How do I log in?


https://ibadcc.certemy.com/entry/login If you are already certified through IBADCC but are new to Certemy, an account has been created for you. Your email is your registered email with IBADCC. Password: Certemy2020!




I applied before Certemy launched, what happened to it?


All applicants who were in process when the Certemy platform launched have had their application files added to Certemy. If you are missing parts of your application, please contact ibadcc@ibadcc.org .




How do I start a new application?


If you wish to start a new application, you can add an eligibility to your profile by visiting our website and clicking the appropriate Application tab under the Certification. This will redirect you to the Certemy site where you will be prompted to sign in (or create an account if you are new to IBADCC). If you have a certification but have not logged in before, your default password is Certemy2020! (Please feel free to change this once you are in your account.) Once you log in, the new eligibility will be added to your credentials and should be able to start submitting your application files. Once submitted, your application files are reviewed by the IBADCC staff and the education committee.




I need to change my email/name


Please email IBADCC@IBADCC.org




Why wasn't my education approved?


BADCC maintains a list of approved providers who are authorized to provide CEUs for professionals certified through IBADCC. The organization you submitted is simply not on that list. This does not necessarily mean that your education is invalid or cannot be approved. If the submitted education was In-Service training, please resubmit and include In-Service in the title. IBADCC also recognizes the approval of several national and state organizations which approve CE trainings. These organizations include: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
CADC - Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor
American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
American Association of State Social Work Boards (AASSWB)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)
ECHO Idaho
Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IDAMFT)
Idaho Counseling Association (ICA)
Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (IBOL)
Idaho Department of Corrections
Idaho Health and Welfare
Idaho Mental health Counselor Association (IMHCA)
Idaho Psychological Association (IPA)
Idaho School Counselor Association (ISCA)
Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work (ISCSW)
Idaho Society for Individual Psychologists (ISCSW)
Idaho Society for Individual Psychologists (ISIP)
Idaho/Eastern Oregon EMDRIA Regional Network (EMDR)
NAADAC
Nation Association for Social Workers (NASW)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
SAMHSA Our staff was unable to find any documentation of them being approved by one of the above organizations, nor could we find it listed on the certificate you provided. If you are able to find and provide documentation, you may resubmit your education alongside the documentation of approval (uploading both documents to Certemy). You may also contact your education provider to see if they are able to provide documentation of approval and/or a CE provider number through NBCC or a similar organization.




I can't log in...


If you are having trouble logging in, try resetting your password from the log in page. Enter the email address associated with your account and a password reset link will be sent to your email.




How do I submit documents in Certemy?


For a guide on how to submit documents into Certemy, please watch the below video




How do I access documents that I already uploaded?


For a guide on how to access your documents in Certemy, please watch the below video




How often are things approved or rejected on Certemy?


IBADCC reviews Certemy requests weekly; contact us on ibadcc@ibadcc.org if you haven’t heard from us over a week




I need to change my email/name


Please contact IBADCC@IBADCC.org




Why wasn't my education approved?


IBADCC maintains a list of approved providers who are authorized to provide CEUs for professionals certified through IBADCC. The organization you submitted is simply not on that list. This does not necessarily mean that your education is invalid or cannot be approved. If the submitted education was “In-Service” training, please resubmit and include “In-service” in the title. IBADCC also recognizes the approval of several national and state organizations which approve CE trainings. These organizations include: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
CADC - Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor
American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
American Association of State Social Work Boards (AASSWB)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)
ECHO Idaho
Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IDAMFT)
Idaho Counseling Association (ICA)
Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (IBOL)
Idaho Department of Corrections
Idaho Health and Welfare
Idaho Mental health Counselor Association (IMHCA)
Idaho Psychological Association (IPA)
Idaho School Counselor Association (ISCA)
Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work (ISCSW)
Idaho Society for Individual Psychologists (ISCSW)
Idaho Society for Individual Psychologists (ISIP)
Idaho/Eastern Oregon EMDRIA Regional Network (EMDR)
NAADAC Our staff was unable to find any documentation of them being approved by one of the above organizations, nor could we find it listed on the certificate you provided. If you are able to find and provide documentation, you may resubmit your education alongside the documentation of approval (uploading both documents to Certemy).You may also contact your education provider to see if they are able to provide documentation of approval and/or a CE provider number through NBCC or a similar organization.
Nation Association for Social Workers (NASW)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
SAMHSA




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If you are having trouble logging in, try resetting your password from the log in page. Enter the email address associated with your account and a password reset link will be sent to your email.




How do I submit documents in Certemy?


or a guide on how to submit documents into Certemy, please watch this video!




How do I access documents that I already uploaded?


For a guide on how to access your documents in Certemy, please watch this video!









Ethics

How do I report an ethics violation?


If you have information regarding an Ethics violation you should fill out the Ethical Standards Report and submit it to our office.





Others

Where do I find an Internship/Practicum?


IBADCC does not maintain a list of internships, occasionally we will get internship positions listed on our Job Board.
Below are some places to begin looking for an internship: ask your school's advisor check our Job Board contact the Idaho Department of Labor Start calling some of the larger facilities in the area and inquiring about internship opportunities.




Which Universities offer Alcohol/Drug Counselor programs?


The following colleges/universities are participating in the Idaho Alcohol/Drug Counselor Education Project. They have developed and are currently offering courses and workshops which meet IBADCC requirements. For more information regarding available courses and other educational opportunities, please contact the person listed below for each school. Also, remeber that you can get your education from any accredited college or university, it does not have to be an Idaho school. To find out whether a college/university is accredited, please go to:
www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
and click on "Database of Accredited Programs and Institutions"




What are the 12 Core Functions?


This is pulled from the certification manuals - click here





2020 Changes

When does this change go into effect?


July 1st, 2020 is the effective date. Any applications submitted prior to this date will be considered under the current requirements.




What if I'm already working towards my CADC but won't have my application submitted by July 1st 2020?


Those pursuing their CADC prior to July 1st will need to show continuous enrollment in the process and pursuit towards the CADC certification. This can be shown by a) continued class specific studies within the CADC domains, or b) continuous work experience hours specific to the CADC domains.




I am currently a CADC and I do not have a bachelor's or higher level of education. Am I going to lose my CADC?


No, as long as your CADC remains current. If for any reason, your certification lapses, resulting in re applying for your CADC, the BS degree would then be a requirement. If you have received your BS degree or higher since your certification, please update us with this information and a copy of the degree.




Are there any changes to the work experience hours?


No. A BS degree substitutes for 2000 hours of the 6000 hours work experience requirement. This hasn't changed. With a BS degree you will still be required to obtain 4000 work experience hours.




What BS degrees count for the CADC requirement?


The BS degree must be within the Behavioral Science Field. Some of these include but are not limited to: Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science, Counseling and Alcohol/Drug Studies. The board will continue to develop the acceptable degree list. If you have a BS degree which you think would qualify, please email us with your rationale and we can consider adding it to the list.




What will happen with the ISAS as a result of these changes?


With the changes, IBADCC also recognized having the word “student” in the title of the ISAS certification isn't a very accurate description. As a result, IBADCC has decided to change the ISAS to SUDA. This acronym stands for “Substance Use Disorder Associate”. As of July 1, 2020, a transitioning to the SUDA title will begin to occur automatically. As ISAS renewals occur throughout the next 2 years, your new certification, at your time of renewal, will be SUDA rather than ISAS. Any new applications will also be for SUDA. I emphasize, there is no difference in scope of practice between the ISAS and the SUDA. Over time, this approach will phase out the ISAS title.




I have my ISAS now, but not my CADC. Will I be required to obtain a BS degree?


No. If you already have an ISAS but do not have a BS degree, you can still obtain a CADC. We recognize this is a change to your initial CADC plans and we want to support you on your CADC goal. In addition, there are some who may have begun their track towards CADC (evidenced by the classes they have taken, work experience hours done, etc.) who we will look at on an individual basis as an exception as well. Those who start to pursue CADC on and after the go live date will be required to obtain a BS degree. See also FAQ #2.




As an ISAS or a SUDA, do I have to get my CADC?


No. The initial thought behind the ISAS was providing a means towards obtaining the CADC, and it is encouraged to do so, however, with these changes it isn't a requirement.




Does the ISAS qualify under the nationally recognized standards under ICRC. Will the SUDA be under ICRC?


No. The ISAS and the SUDA is an Idaho certification and does not fall under the reciprocity through ICRC.




Do I have to do anything different when I go to renew my ISAS?


No. The transition to SUDA will be an automatic transition and will occur when you submit your renewal application. Rather than receiving a certificate with ISAS as the credential, it will have SUDA. In addition, new applications will be for the SUDA rather than the ISAS starting July 1, 2020.




Is there a limit to the number of times I can renew as a SUDA?


No. There is no limit to number of renewals. By going to the BS degree for the CADC and transitioning from the title ISAS to SUDA, supports having a SUDA as a permanent credential.




What about my supervision? Will I need to keep the same amount of supervision as I did under ISAS?


Yes. To reaffirm, the only change between ISAS to SUDA is the title itself. The supervision requirements remain the same.




Is there any change in the scope of practice?


No. The scope of practice for all certifications remains the same. The SUDA will have the same scope of practice as the ISAS.




Will the state reimburse for services done as a SUDA?


Good question. We have notified DHW, BPA Health and Optum regarding the change. We have been informed that adding the SUDA to the Idaho code will be an easy change and occur during the time legislation meets.




I still have some questions that weren't covered. Where should I send those?


I'm glad you asked. If you have any other questions that may have been overlooked, please send those to our main email address ibadcc@ibadcc.org.