Reciprocity / Transfer of IC&RC Credentials
Reciprocity is the process of transferring an IC&RC credential from one IC&RC member board to another. In order to qualify for reciprocity, you must be fully certified with the IC&RC and CCB as an AADC - Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, CAC – Certified Addiction Counselor, CCS – Certified Clinical Supervisor, CPS – Certified Prevention Specialist, or a CCDP/CCDP-D – Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional. Some professionals may choose to maintain their credentials in multiple regions (for example, Connecticut and Florida) and in order to do so you would be required to meet the ongoing recertification standards with both boards.
In order to apply for reciprocity, you would first determine if the board you are interested in transferring to offers the IC&RC credential that you hold with the CCB and IC&RC.
For a list of IC&RC Member Boards, please visit the IC&RC website at www.internationalcredentialing.org
Reciprocity is typically a simple process with a couple of basic steps:
- Contact the board where you are currently certified to request an IC&RC Application for Reciprocity.
- Complete the reciprocity application and return in to your current board with the appropriate fee (The fee is $150.00. If you are reciprocating from/to the USAF/USN, the fee is $90.)
- Your application will be verified and sent to the IC&RC Home Office located in Harrisburg, PA. Your application will be reviewed by IC&RC staff and if you are eligible, your application will be sent to the new board.
- You will then be contacted by the new board when the process is completed. In some instances the new board may require additional steps to become certified in the new region so it is important to determine that in advance. The CCB does not have information about what other boards may require once you attempt to reciprocate to their region. Please contact the board directly to inquire about additional requirements.
In order to request a reciprocity application, please contact the CCB office for assistance. The IC&RC does not allow member boards to post the reciprocity application online.
RECIPROCITY OUT OF CONNECTICUT INTO OTHER IC&RC MEMBER BOARDS:
If you are currently certified with the CCB and are interested in applying for reciprocity out of Connecticut to a new IC&RC member board, you would begin by contacting the CCB offices to request an IC&RC reciprocity application. After you complete the reciprocity application, you would submit the application with the reciprocity fee (a bank check/money order made payable to the IC&RC in the amount of $150.00 - $90 if reciprocating from/to the USAF/USN) to the CCB offices for processing. Once the CCB determines you have completed the application process, your application is forwarded to the IC&RC offices for processing. After reviewing your application and determining your eligibility for reciprocity, the IC&RC staff will forward your application to the IC&RC member board you are apply to for final processing. The new board will contact you directly once you have completed the process. This process typically takes several weeks. The CCB will not process reciprocity applications from individuals who are the subject of an active ethics investigation. Any ethics case must be resolved, with the certified professional still deemed eligible for certification, for the application to be processed.
RECIPROCITY INTO CONNECTICUT FROM OTHER IC&RC MEMBER BOARDS:
If you are currently certified by an IC&RC member board in one or more of the qualifying IC&RC credentials (AADC - Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, CAC – Certified Addiction Counselor, CCS – Certified Clinical Supervisor, CPS – Certified Prevention Specialist, or a CCDP/CCDP-D – Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional ONLY) and are interested in applying for reciprocity into Connecticut, you would begin by contacting your current IC&RC member board to request an IC&RC reciprocity application. The CCB is not able to assist you with the process until we receive your reciprocity application from the IC&RC. Once a completed IC&RC reciprocity application is received, the CCB will then issue you a CCB credential for no more than two years from your current expiration date. Once you arrive in Connecticut, you will be required to complete a simple application to complete the process and it is your responsibility to determine the renewal standards for the credentials you are transferring. For information about the renewal standards, please review the current renewal application on our website. In Connecticut, renewal occurs every two years and you must document ongoing professional development, pay any renewal fees due and complete the renewal application prior to your renewal date. If you choose to maintain your IC&RC credentials in another region, it is your responsibility to determine the renewal standards with that board. The CCB does not have information about the renewal standards for other IC&RC member boards.