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The New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP) is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC/AODA) for the purpose of credentialing qualified alcohol and drug counselors, criminal justice professionals, and prevention specialists.

The IC&RC standards for certification are commonly recognized by 73 agencies representing more than 40,000 certified professionals internationally, including Indian Health Services, U.S. Military, and U.S. Federal Court Administrators.

IC&RC and NMCBBHP are committed to public protection through the establishment of quality, competency-based certification programs for professionals engaged in the prevention and treatment of addictions and related problems.

The New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP offers the IC&RC International Written Professional Examination four (4) times per year. This Exam is required for CADC, CS, CPS and CJP Certification.

The CPI is an entry-level certification for Prevention and does NOT require testing and is NOT recognized by IC&RC.

The easy to download application packets contains all the information you need to assist you in completing the application, however if you have specific questions or request more information, please drop us an e-mail where we can get back to you in a timely manner.

We ask that you return the application (original application forms) with all the information requested on the exact date of the deadline to avoid delays in getting your packet reviewed.

The New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals is a proud member of IC&RC, which protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. The largest organization of its kind, IC&RC represents more than 40,000 professionals worldwide.

News Alerts:

Updated IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Examination Administration Announced

IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its updated
Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) examination. The examination will be administered by all IC&RC Member Boards
for the first time on February 16, 2015.

The updated examination will be aligned with 2013 IC&RC ADC Job Analysis. Changes on the examination include
combining the previous eight domains into four essential domains and inclusion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.
The full exam content outline and updated reference list can be found 

Candidates preparing to take the ADC examination on or after February 16, 2015 can find an updated Candidate
Guide and study guide information on the Examination Prep page of IC&RC’s website. 

For more information on the first administration of this exam and all IC&RC’s testing policies and procedures,
please visit our examination page at

The updated examination will include the following four domains:
1.  Screening, Assessment and Engagement
2. Treatment Planning, Collaboration and Referral
3. Counseling 
4. Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
IC&RC Prevention Specialist Standards Adopted October 2013
Experience:  2,000 hours of Prevention experience across the domains
Education:  120 total hours across all domains of which 24 hours must be ATOD specific with 6 hours of Prevention Ethics
Supervision: 120 hours specific to the domains with 10 hours in each domains
Examination:  Applicants must pass the IC&RC Prevention Specialist Examination
Code of Ethics: Applicants must sign a Prevention specific code of ethics statement
Re-certification: 40 hours of continuing education hours earned every two year which includes 6 hours of prevention ethics.

Crosswalk of old vs. new standards   CROSSWALK_of_old_vs._new_standards__prevention_.pdf
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IC&RC Announces New Prevention Specialist Job Task Analysis

IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its new 
Prevention Specialist Job Task Analysis (JTA).

A JTA is the methodical process of determining what elements of practice and knowledge are important to assess as part of a certification examination and serves as the blueprint for the examination. It is the process that directly links an examination score to a specific job and ensures that an exam is valid, reliable, and legally defensible. To stay relevant to current trends and practices, a JTA must be updated every five to seven years.

The updated Prevention Specialist Job Task Analysis will be used to develop a new examination to be administered for the first time on December 13, 2013 by IC&RC member boards.



Application Deadlines are due on the 1st of the following months:
January, April, July and October.
Mail Application Packet to:
NMCBBHP - PO Box 66405
Albuquerque, NM 87193
Email -

NMCBBHP (IC&RC) Exam Dates:  We will be transitioning to Computer Based Testing by 2017

   2016 - March 11, June 10, September 9,  December 9

For your convenience you can also pay your fees online when applying for certification or re-certification.  
Click here for the safer way to pay on line.

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