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.
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.
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.
Application links can be found in the Certification Dropdown in the navigation bar
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:
a. 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?
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 contact ibadcc.org 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?
Renewal CEU Requirements
CCS (every 2yrs)
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.
Link to blank Document of Education
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.
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:
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.
BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
Susan Esp, Ph.D.
COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO
Mary Christy, M.S.
IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
Cindy Hansen, M.A.
LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE
Judith St. Louis, Ph.D.
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
Steven E. Meier, Ph.D.
To find out whether a college/university is accredited, please go to:
and click on "Database of Accredited Programs and Institutions"
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?
5) Renewal Procedures...
3. 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.
What are the 12 Core Functions?
This is pulled from the certification manuals - click here
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.