INTRODUCTION TO CERTIFIED PREVENTION SPECIALIST (CPS)
 

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

Please be sure your application (manual or renewal) has the current release date in the "footer" of the packet. Current release dates are April 2013 or newer.

Renewal applications must be postmarked on or before your certification expiration date. If your paperwork is submitted 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 all inquiries to:

IBADCC
PO Box 1548
Meridian, ID 83680

Email ibadcc@ibadcc.org

(208) 468-8802

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.

 

CPS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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 210 hours of education (must include the following):

1. Documentation of 100 hours specific to alcohol/drug prevention training

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

3. Documentation of completion of ten (10) hours is each of the six (6) Performance Domains. (see Section II)

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

D. 2000 hours of documented Alcohol, Tobacco and other drug prevention work experience under the supervision of a Certified Prevention Specialist or someone who meets the minimum standards of a prevention specialist listed above.

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CPS Testing

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

A study guide is available at Prevention Specialist Candidate Guide

CPS Fees
Application $65.00
CBT Exam $235.00
Annual Renewal Fee
State Certification which includes the IC&RC membership update
$50.00