CCB to Pilot New Certified Addiction Recovery Coach Exam

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Connecticut Certification Board, Inc. eNews 8/1/2012

CCB to Pilot New Certified Addiction Recovery Coach

Certification Exam in Four States

Wallingford, CT In June 2012, the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) launched the new Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential for those interested in or committed to recovery coaching. The CARC certification requires that candidates demonstrate competency in several domains related to addiction recovery coaching, complete training specific to addiction recovery coaching and pass the newly developed CARC written exam. Developed with the assistance of subject matter experts from diverse backgrounds, the CARC exam is now available nationally in both paper & pencil and computer-based testing formats. The CARC exam is a 50 item multiple-choice exam that will be required of all candidates interested in becoming CARC certified.

In August 2012, the CARC written exam will be piloted in four states: New York, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Eligible candidates interested in becoming certified as a CARC are invited to participate at one of the upcoming pilot testing sessions. All candidates selected to participate in the pilot exam session will be given CARC certification at no cost. For eligibility requirements, please see the pilot session flyer in your area for details or contact the CCB office for assistance.

The CARC certification is currently being offered in Connecticut and will soon be available in several states including New York. If you are interested in becoming CARC certified or collaborating with the CCB to offer the CARC certification in your region, please contact Marshall Rosier at the CCB for information about collaboration opportunities.

Since 2007, the CCB has been actively working with a diverse group of recovery community stakeholders with expertise in recovery coaching to develop a new certification - the CARC. For the purposes of this new certification, the CCB has defined a CARC as anyone committed to promoting recovery from addiction by connecting recoverees with recovery support services, building recovery capital, generating individualized recovery options and assisting recoverees to remove barriers to recovery. The CARC role is non-clinical instead focusing on the tasks, skills and knowledge required to provide helpful and effective recovery coaching and recovery support services. Since all individuals can play an important role in promoting recovery from addiction, the CARC credential is not limited to only those in recovery from addiction. However, the CCB recognizes the unique value and significance that lived experiences, personal recovery and wellness brings to a recovery partnership.

For more information about the new CARC certification, please contact the CCB office or visit the CARC webpage for details.

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