Thank you for your interest in applying for certification in the State of Idaho. This is a guide for the process of gaining the designation of Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) under the auspices of the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor’s Certification, Inc. (IBADCC). Please note that information contained herein may be changed without notice.

IBADCC is an independent, non-profit corporation whose purpose is to set and maintain professional certification standards for practitioners in addictions counseling. This serves the profession by controlling the practitioner standards and qualifications at the state level and it provides the individual with a credential signifying professional competency.

IBADCC is a member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The IC&RC is the national body whose function is to grant reciprocity from state to state and to set appropriate standards for credentials. The IC&RC office will no longer automatically mail reciprocally certified professionals an international paper certificate. You can order your own paper certificate from IC&RC by clicking on this link: Order Form

CPS Applications and Renewals should be completed and submitted online.

Existing certificate holders should login with their email on file with IBADCC.
New applicants should click here to submit a new application.

Renewal applications must be completed on or before your certification expiration date. If your renewal is completed after your expiration date and within the first 30 days, you will be charged a grace period fee. Any time after a month from your expiration date, your certification is considered lapsed. Certifications at any level that have been expired more than six (6) months MUST go through the process of reapplying and retesting for their certification, unless inactive status was approved.

Should you have any questions regarding the credentialing process, please direct your inquiries to

The Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) is a certification level granted by the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor’s Certification recognizing those persons working in the Alcohol/Drug field who specialize in the Education and Prevention of Alcohol/Drug Abuse. This level of Certification does not give authority to the individual to provide any form of Counseling. This level of certification does recognize and grant a certificate by the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor’s Certification and the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.



Experience/Educational Requirements

A. Documentation of high school diploma or an equivalent. (This documentation is not required if applicant is documenting credit for college courses or a college degree.)

B. If documenting college credit or a degree, verification of the degree must be submitted by official college/university transcripts mailed from the college/university.

C. Minimum of 120 hours of education specific to the domains (must include the following):

1. Documentation of 50 hours specific to tobacco and/or other drugs training.

2. Documentation of education in each of the seven domains to include a minimum ten (10) hours is each of the
   six Performance Domains.The domains include: Planning and Evaluation, Prevention Education and Service Delivery, Communication, Community Organization, Public Policy and Environmental Change, and Professional Growth and Responsibility.(see Section II)

3. Documentation of six (6) hours of ethics training.

D. You must have 2000 hours of documented Alcohol, Tobacco and other drug prevention work experience, and out of those hours one hundred twenty (120) hours must be supervised by a Certified Prevention Specialist or someone who meets the minimum standards of a prevention specialist and who is willing to accept the responsibility of monitoring and evaluating the performance of the prevention specialist “trainee.” You must have a minimum of ten (10) hours in each of the six Performance Domains (see Certificate of Supervision form in Section IV). Please note: If supervision has occurred at more than one agency, documentation must be completed for each agency where supervision occurred. A supervisor shall be interpreted to mean, a person who is knowledgeable of alcohol or drug use prevention and treatment and has the ability to judge the capability and competence of a prevention professional.
WORK EXPERIENCE - IBADCC defines “Prevention” as a proactive, science-based process that focuses on increasing “protective factors” and decreasing “risk factors” predictive of alcohol and substance use in individuals, families, and communities. The framework that guides this approach requires partnerships at the community level to use science-based tools that mobilize and engage community members; establish a shared vision and collaborative planning process; determine priorities based on assessed community needs; define clear and measureable outcomes; select programs and strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness; and verify progress toward outcomes.

CPS Testing

A completed application must be submitted and approved in order to be eligible to test.

IC&RC Study Guides AND Practice Exams are available at

CPS Fees
Application $65.00
CBT Exam $235.00
Two-Year Renewal Fee
State Certification which includes the IC&RC membership update