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An Important Message For Certified Professionals

Whose Credentials Are Coming Due For Recertification

We are well aware that trainings are being canceled or postponed during this health emergency situation which may result in difficulties recertifying credentials on or before expiration dates. You have up to one year beyond your expiration date to recertify your credential so there is no need to request an extension or waiver. Further, VCB will waive the extra lapsed fee for any certified professional who is late recertifying their credential. When you are able, you will simply recertify as normal.

Your current expiration date cannot be extended so your credential will lapse if you are unable to recertify on or before the expiration date. However, you can still recertify your lapsed credential up to one year beyond your expiration date. You may use online trainings for some or all of your recertification hours.

Updated ADC Domains

Effective March 1, 2023, the IC&RC ADC domains and examination will be updated. IC&RC updates their international reciprocal credentials every five to seven years resulting in revised domains. Revised domains also require that the IC&RC update their examinations. Questions on the revised examination will align with these updated domains for examinations taken by candidates starting February 1, 2023. 

This examination update only applies to professionals who are seeking the CADC credential.

For additional information on the updated domains below, please review the Revised ADC Candidate Guide.

CADC Current Domains:                                           

  1. Screening, Assessment & Engagement                 
  2. Treatment Planning, Collaboration & Referral       
  3. Counseling                                                             
  4. Professional & Ethical Responsibilities                 

CADC New Domains:

  1. Scientific Principles of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
  2. Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment
  3. Evidence-Based Treatment, Counseling, and Referral
  4. Professional, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities

Recertification Options

Professionals have two options to complete the recertification process:

Who We Are

VCB is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary credentialing to substance use, community health and other behavioral health professionals.


VCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, peer recovery specialists and community health workers. VCB establishes, safeguards, and monitors certification standards for professionals in the substance use, community health and other behavioral health fields. It advocates for quality, comprehensive services.

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IC&RC Member Board

VCB is a member of IC&RC, the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 24 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.