Important Credentialing Updates

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Connecticut Certification Board, Inc.

March 16, 2015

IMPORTANT Credentialing Updates

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) - Just a reminder that the grandfathering period for transition to the IC&RC Reciprocal Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPRS) credential ended on February 28, 2015. Several individuals who initially held the Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential were able to document that they had met all of the standards for the reciprocal credential and were able to upgrade to that credential without having to pass an additional exam. In addition to the Connecticut certificate, they also received the International certificate from the IC&RC, and joined individuals from 14 other certification boards across the United States and Canada who have demonstrated competency in all of the domains.

Moving forward, the CCB will only accept applications for the reciprocal CPRS credential, and certification will require passing the IC&RC computer based examination. This credential provides greater value to the certified professional as it sets minimal international standards of competency which are applied to all candidates, both in the U.S. and abroad. The current number of 15 boards offering the credential is expected to increase every year, as other boards make application to the IC&RC in support of this credential. The new application materials are available on the CCB website.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) - At the March, 2015 meeting of the Connecticut Certification Board of Directors, changes to the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) credential were approved, which will strengthen the standards to better represent it as the first step in a career ladder as well as better reflect the needs of the field. Effective July 1, 2015, the following standards will apply for the CIT credential:

100 hours of total addiction specific training, including:
a MINIMUM of 30 hours of co-occurring disorders specific coursework; 12 hours of CCB approved ethics, and;

The 6 hour “Overview of the CCB Certification Process” course.

CIT credentials that are issued after July 1, 2015 will be valid for a period of 3 years only, with no renewal. This should provide sufficient time to allow for an individual to meet all of the standards of the advanced credential. Individuals holding the CIT will be continue to be eligible to sit for the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) examination, as well as having the added benefit of being eligible to sit for the Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) examination. The CIT application fee, which will be adjusted for the additional year of the credential, will continue to be deducted from the CAC (and now CCDP) application fees. Any CIT that has been initially issued prior to and between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015 will be allowed a single 1 (one) year renewal.

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