Arizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors (ABCAC)
Frequently Asked Questions
What CE's are accepted by ABCAC?
ABCAC will accept all CE's that are accepted by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
Do I have reciprocity with my certification?
The ABCAC credentials: CADAC, AADC, CCS, CCJP, CPRS and CPS all have reciprocity with all other participating IC&RC member boards. If you have one of these credentials and would like to transfer your credential to another state or country, please send an email to abcacinfo.org, or leave a message at 602-251-8548 to start the reciprocity process. If you have a credential with another IC&RC state or country member board and would like to transfer your credential to Arizona, you will need to contact them to start the transferring process.
What is the difference between licensure and certification?
A license is a state’s grant of legal authority to practice a profession within a designated scope of practice. It is required in order to practice or to call oneself a licensed professional.
A certification is typically a voluntary process, although certification can be mandatory or required to practice in certain states. Certification is often provided by a private organization for the purpose of providing the public protection on those individuals who have successfully met all requirements for the credential and demonstrated their ability to perform their profession competently.
Multiple insurance companies in Arizona are now requiring state certification or licensure in substance abuse counseling in addition to licensure as a mental health counselor, psychologist, social worker, etc. to be listed as a substance abuse provider within their networks. Being certified as an advanced alcohol and drug counselor through ABCAC meets this requirement.
Licensing and certification processes often co-exist in a single jurisdiction and complement one another. One example of this is when a state recognizes the existing credentialing organization that provides a stringent, legally defensible, reliable and valid credentialing process. The state licensing entity contracts with the credentialing board to administer the credential and the examination. Once a candidate completes the credentialing process, the certification board transfers that information to the licensing entity who then issues the license. The licensing standards match the certification standards and the license is predicated on the professional first obtaining the certification and passing the examination followed by the issuance of the license by the state licensing entity. In this scenario, the certification process and licensing process are syncronized; it reduces cost to state government entity that issues the license; and both the certification and the license provide the ultimate in public protection.