IC&RC Exams

IC&RC Exams

IC&RC Exams: Qualifying exams for MCBAP/IC&RC credentials include Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC), Prevention Specialist (PS), Clinical Supervision (CCS), and Peer Recovery (PR). Exams can be taken in computer-based testing format at a testing center.

Computer-based testing offers candidates more scheduling flexibility and more locations.  Computer-based exams may be scheduled during any months of the year at a network of professional testing centers and remotely.

If you’re interested in the remote option, please contact MCBAP for the remote rules for testing.

Remote testing rules are very stringent and require more setup and preparation versus going to a testing center. We ask candidates think this over carefully and review the information about remote testing before deciding to test remote.

Regardless of testing location, you should register at least six weeks in advance. 

To Register for an Exam

  1. Complete the registration form by clicking the blue button below. It is a fillable form and can be completed online and submitted electronically. You may also choose to print it and fill out and return to us.
  2. Pay for the exam by going to our website via the Payments tab of our website, or via check or money order by mail. Please also submit receipt of payment with registration or you cannot be registered.
  3. Submit the registration form and receipt/proof of payment via email at info@mcbap.com , by mail to our address, or by fax to 517-347-1288. Please note email submission is preferred.

For those needing Special Accommodations, please email info@mcbap.com for more information along with a note on the bottom of your exam registration form.

Re-Test Policy

Candidates needing to retake an IC&RC examination must wait 90 days after the failed test date.

The 90 day waiting period applies to all versions of the IC&RC primary clinical examinations as a single group (CADC, CAADC), such that candidates may not alternate between failed attempts of any of these examinations within less than 90 days.

To schedule a re-test, follow the same process as your original exam by sending in the registration form and fee.


Exam Study Resources


Candidate Guides for all IC&RC exams are available at this website below: https://internationalcredentialing.org/examprep#Candidiate_Guides.

Study Material for some IC&RC exams are available through the Distance Learning Center.

Study Guide for the ADC/AADC exams are available at Florida Certification Board.

Study Material for the PS exam is available through the Rhode Island Certification Board.

Study Material for the PS exam is also available at this link: https://www.routledge.com/Prevention-Specialist-Exam-Study-Guide/Augustine/p/book/9780367514655

Study Material for the CPRM exam is available through the Rhode Island Certification Board.

Additional study material at Addiction Exam Prep

Additional study material at ecare Behavioral Health Institute

This manual is also available at a cost for any candidates who may be interested: https://www.dlcllc.shop/collections/readytotest-com-study-guides/products/getting-ready-to-test-m404-a-review-and-preparation-manual-for-drug-and-alcohol-credentialing-exams-8th-edition

MCBAP does not recommend one study guide over another. It is up to the applicant to decide which guide if any to buy.

In addition, MCBAP does not guarantee that purchasing the material will result in an applicant passing the exam.

MCBAP assumes no liability for any materials purchased.


IC&RC Test Prep with MCBAP (Zoom Session)

IC&RC Test Prep Information

MCBAP would like to share more information about taking the exam and study resources.

Roughly once a month, MCBAP and our Executive Director offer a class called “IC&RC Test Prep with MCBAP”.

This is a free class via zoom (held between 12 Noon – 1pm) the first Wednesday of the month and will go over helpful tips for studying for the exam as well as answering any questions you may have related to testing.

All the candidate needs to do is register on the MCBAP Training Calendar link for the class.

If you ever need to look for the class , you can search the name of the class in our training calendar on our website. (IC&RC Test Prep with MCBAP)

The link to the Training Calendar to search for this course is here : https://mcbap.com/on-site-training-calendar/


Practice Exams

IC&RC now offers online practice exams for the following three examinations: Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Clinical Supervisor (CS), and Prevention Specialist (PS). Practice exams for all other examinations will be forthcoming.

Practice exams were developed to mimic IC&RC’s Computer Based Testing platform to enhance a candidate’s preparation experience. Candidates are given 60 minutes to complete the 50 question practice exam. At the completion of each practice exam, candidates are provided with a score report detailing their performance based on the various content areas of the examination.

The cost of each practice exam is a non-refundable $49.00 fee. Retries of the practice exams are not included in the fee. Purchase of practice exams is done through IC&RC.

Practice exams are just one of the many resources available to candidates preparing for their IC&RC examination. For more information on practice exams and other preparation materials, please visit the Exam Preparation page of IC&RC’s website at IC&RC Practice Exam Information


USDOT SAP Exam – The IC&RC network offers US Department of Transportation (USDOT) SAP Exam (required to qualify as a USDOT certified Substance Abuse Professional. The SAP exam is offered on the same dates and locations as the IC&RC Exams. The cost of this exam is $165.00.

Since December 31, 2003, you cannot be a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) unless you have received qualified training and successfully passed a validated exam. MCBAP/IC&RC administers the SAP exam required to meet the USDOT testing requirement.