The Certification Board is using Certemy to process and track applications.

All professionals who were certified by the NJ Certification Board after 2018 with an associated email address have an account in Certemy. Everyone with an account should have been emailed on February 18th, 2020.

Recertifications must be done within the Certemy system. Therefore if you have been certified within the last 2 years and cannot find your email/account in Certemy please use this form so that we can help you locate your account as quickly as possible.

The following Initial Applications  are currently available. Please note that one submitted , all application fees are non-refundable


  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is designed as an entry-level credential. Courses required for the CPRS will not count towards a LCADC or CADC. The CPRS is not a clinical practice credential and cannot substitute for the LCADC or CADC in NJ State regulations. Private practice counselors must have a license approved by the Division of Consumer Affairs to provide independent counseling. The CPRS may be used for those who work in Addiction and Co-Occurring related settings, but do not perform the duties of a CADC. The CPRS does not allow you to act independently, but rather, under agency supervision.   The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is designed as an entry-level credential. All of the following provide the 46 hours of required coursework that is CCAR or CARES approved training. Apply online at Certemy for CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Approved Training Agencies:

The Four Domains of Recovery Mentoring performances are:

Advocacy • Ethical Responsibility • Mentoring and Education • Recovery/Wellness Support

Requirements: There is a $200 initial application review fee.


  • Minimum of 500 hours of work experience in a pre-approved facility within the past two years.
  • Completion of a pre-approved 25 hour Supervised Practicum provided by licensed or approved agency.


Completion of 46 hours of pre-approved CPRS training  uploaded to Step 2 in the certemy application. and….H.S. Diploma or GED. (send copy of highest degree).


As of January 15, 2021, those without the minimum HSD or GED may still qualify by having their supervisor send a letter verifying that you…Have Two years in the Recovery Field, Are able to accurately write and read client reports and, Understands and Displays the Basic Ethics Requirements for the CPRS. Please Note:  Applications are available at

Renewal Requirements: 18 hours in the any of Four Domains of Peer Recovery Hours must fall within the two-year period (24 months) between Recertification. $200 non-refundable renewal fee.$15 late fee per month Renewal form can be found at this link:


  • Chemical Dependence Associate (CDA). Apply online at Certemy for CDA.
  • Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS). Apply online at Certemy for CTTS.
  • Certified Recovery Support Practitioner (CRSP). Apply online at Certemy for CRSP.
  • Associate Prevention Specialist (APS). Apply online at Certemy for APS.
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). Requires exam *IC&RC reciprocal.
  •  Apply online at Certemy for CPS.
  • Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP) Apply online at Certemy for CCJP
    Requires exam *IC&RC reciprocal
  • Criminal Justice Counselor (CJC). Apply online at Certemy for CJC.
  • International Certified Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor Application (ICAADC)  *IC&RC reciprocal (must live or work in New Jersey and hold an active New Jersey LCADC). You must first hold an active NJ LCADC at the  graduate level. This credential, like the ICADC, is only valid when your NJ LCADC is active. Requires passing the Advanced ICAADC Exam.  Apply online at Certemy for ICAADC.
  • International Certified Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC)  *IC&RC reciprocal (must live or work in New Jersey and hold an active New Jersey CADC). The ICADC is based on your current LCADC/CADC in New Jersey. To qualify for the ICADC, you must have renewed your LCADC or CADC (currently  through July 2018) and have passed the IC&RC written and oral examinations if you were licensed or certified by the DCA-M&F Board after 2005. If your New Jersey license expires, or is terminated for any reason, your ICADC will become invalid. Apply online at Certemy for ICADC.

Please follow instructions as completely as possible and contact us if additional clarification is needed.

Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC/CADC) must contact the DCA – ADCC Committee at The Certification Board only provides transcript review using our transcript review request for LCADC/CADC form (pdf).

You must also complete a separate registration form for those credentials requiring exams. Register in the Testing Section on this website.

Initial Applications for certification need to be reviewed and the Board needs time to perform its due-diligence duty, therefore  cut-off dates for submission of Initial Applications are  of the first day of the month preceding board meetings.

Board Meetings are generally held the third Friday of March, June, September and December. To assure that your application is reviewed, make sure your initial application is received by the Board  no later than  the first of the month preceding  the Board meeting. Late arrivals may  be acted on at the discretion of the board.

  • February 1 or earlier applications will be reviewed at the March Board Meeting
  • May 1 or earlier applications will be reviewed at the June Board Meeting
  • August 1 or earlier applications will be reviewed at the September Board Meeting
  • November 1 or earlier applications will be reviewed at the December Board Meeting.

*All IC&RC reciprocal applicants must either work or live in New Jersey a minimum of 51% of the time.

Please follow instructions as completely as possible and contact us if additional clarification is needed.