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Most Frequent Issues with Certification Applications

We have listed some of the most common mistakes with the applications we receive. Please have a look so you can learn from others. If you have something to add, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our office. Thanks.

  • Page 4 of Form A needs to be notarized.
  • Three of the four persons listed on page one of Form A need to fill out a reference-Form B.
  • Form C, the bottom portion is to help verify your addiction work hours: 2000 for CADAC I, 4000 for CADAC II, 6000 for CADAC IV.
  • Form D training needs to be broken down into details and specifics and the hours totaled up on the bottom of page four. 
  • 120 addiction hours and 60 treatment hours equaling the 180 hours for the CADAC I.
  • 180 addiction hours and 90 treatment hours equaling the 270 hours for the CADAC II.
  • 200 addiction hours and 100 treatment hours equaling the 300 hours for the CADAC IV.
  • Form E the Supervisor Practicum page four needs to be notarized. Page two and three completed only needed to be filled out if your supervisor does not hold a CADAC II credential or higher.
  • On any of the Forms, writing “see attached” is not accepted by the Certification Board.

 

Patience, it could take a few months for the application process to be completed and approved.

About Certification

Certification is the process of evaluating an individual's experience, education, training, knowledge and competency as an addiction professional.  This function is accomplished by ICAADA's Certification Board, which is composed of elected members of ICAADA, with alternates, and at least one member appointed by the ICAADA Certification Chairperson.  it is the intention of the Board to issue a credential based on the sum total of the applicant's experience, training, peer review, and overall judgement of service to the addictions constituency.

In developing a system for Certification, the Board will assume broad powers in assessing applicants and their portfolios.  With these broad powers in assessing different categories of service, the Board may require additional evidence or information.

The Board, within its rules, will make every effort to function with maximum members present.  In doing so, the Board will be employing an approach that is most favorable to the applicant.  Board members will encourage an open dialogue with the applicant.  However, the Board will respect all confidential material, oral or written.

The Certification Board may enlist technical assistance and consultation, as required from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction and other sources.

Board members who are named as a reference for an applicant will abstain from voting on the certification of that applicant.

For questions about certification, please call our office at 317-923-8800 between 10-4, Monday through Friday.

Certification Testing

Testing for professional certifications are all administered via computer based testing. Tests are administered at various locations throughout Indiana through qualified proctors. Once you are registered for the test, you will be able to choose from the closest locations and most convenient times to take the test.

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Certification Fees

Membership fees and dues are listed on the membership information page of this website.  The following are fees for certification:

  • Certification test fee:  $200
  • Initial certification fee for two years:  $200 ($500 Non-member)
  • Certification renewal every two years:  $200 ($500 Non-member)

Certification Requirements

Professionals working in the human-service field whose major responsibilities include prevention, treatment, support, care and advocacy of persons with alcohol and/or other drug problems may apply for certification.  Those who specialize in alcohol/drug services can be employed in a variety of environments:  churches, schools, business and industry, hospital-based inpatient programs, detoxification centers, halfway houses, recovery support, prisons and jails, the courts, homeless shelters, or public and private outpatient clinics. 

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Inactive Status

A person may apply for Inactive Status if unable to comply with the requirements for renewal of certification.  For details, contact the ICAADA office.

Renewal of Certification

Renewal of Certification is required every two years.  Payment should be attached to the renewal application according to current fee structure announced on the application form.  Current membership in ICAADA will result in a substantial savings to the individual. 

Renewal requires completion of a Renewal Application and documentation of at least 40 clock-hours of FIELD-RELATED education and/or training during the period of certification.  You MUST provide proof of CEU's along with your renewal application.

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Lapse of Certification

Professionals who allow their certification to lapse must file a request to the Board for reinstatement.  This request must include the completed renewal application.  The Board will assess a $60.00 late payment fee for submissions up to 6 months late.  After that time, an individual must re-apply for certification and complete all requirements for certification under the current provisions. In all instances, proof of 40 hours of approved continuing education within the previous 24 calendar months must accompany recertification applications.

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Certification Requirements

Professionals working in the human-service field whose major responsibilities include counseling, care and advocacy of persons with alcohol and/or other drug problems may apply for certification. Those who specialize in alcohol/drug counseling can be employed in a variety of environments:  churches, schools, business and industry, hospital-based inpatient programs, detoxification centers, halfway houses, prisons and jails, the courts, homeless shelters, or public and private outpatient clinics. Persons interested in certification may request application packets which explain the following requirements in complete detail.

ICAADA offers multiple levels of certification.  All persons seeking certification must complete the following requirements:

A confidential evaluation by the candidate's peers and supervisors who are listed as references on the certification application;

  • A written examination passed at the established norm for each respective certification level;
  • A personal appearance before the Certification Board may be requested;
  • Payment of all application and/or certification fees.
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