The Certification Board, Inc.

The Certification Board’s primary function is the education, certification and testing of addiction and mental health professionals in the State of New Jersey as well as internationally in partnership with the IC&RC. Learn more about the Certification Board.

All of The Certification Board’s income is generated by fees related to certification of Addiction and Mental Health Professionals. In order to keep fees as reasonable as possible, The Certification Board has limited resources to answer individual questions. We are endeavoring to provide you with all of the information you require on this website.


  • Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC ) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor(CADC) applicants must fill out and submit and application to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. See this link for information:
  • The Certification Board only provides the Transcript Review   and the Written and Oral Exams for the LCADC and CADC.
  • All other applications and recertification information including ;CCS, CPS, CCDP, CCJP, ICADC, which are all IC&RC Reciprocal Credentials and the CTTS, CRSP, WTS, CDA, CJC & CMHA which are all Certification Board Credentials can be found at the applications link.

The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is now active. See Applications for more info.

 Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)

 This credential is available to Peers seeking to learn Peer Support skills in  order to foster the recovery of others affected by addiction and co-occurring problems.

Please note that this is not a counseling certification, but rather a Peer Recovery credential that allows the holder to perform the following domains:

  • Advocacy
  • Ethical Responsibility
  • Mentoring and Education
  • Recovery/Wellness planning, within a supervised professional agency.

The CPRS is not a private practice credential, as they are only licensed by the NJ State Division of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs.

Grandfathering Process – For those who have completed the CCAR training 


  • The grandfathering process will close on June 30, 2017.

Grandfathering will be open to those who have completed the 30 hour CCAR course  prior to October 31, 2016 as well as the pre-approved 16 hour Ethics training.

Required Training: Offered by Morris County Prevention is Key for CCAR. 16 Hour Ethics training for grandfather training. (Must have CCAR prior to 10/31/16).