MCBAP Certifications

Requirements for All Certifications

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One year of full-time work experience equates to 2,000 hours.

  • Must be obtained in the field of substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Must be in the IC&RC domains as demonstrated by agency job description.
  • May be as a paid or volunteer employee.
  • Must have occurred within the last 10 years.

Education can be broken into two sections for the purposes of this section.

  • Highest level of degree in an approved discipline.
  • Degrees must be from a program accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Additional education required toward the MCBAP credential.

Official transcripts from school, college or university are required to be emailed or mailed directly to MCBAP. Copies will not be accepted.

In addition to providing documentation of a diploma or degree as outlined in the previous section, additional education is required. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Education must have occurred within the previous 10 years of the date of application.
  • Applicants are responsible for securing and submitting proof of attendance (such as a certificate).
  • Proof of attendance must contain (at minimum)
    • the participants name,
    • the name of the organization sponsoring the event,
    • the date(s) and time(s) of the event,
    • the title of the event and
    • the number of contact hours awarded.
  • One hour of education is equal to 60 minutes of continuous instruction.
  • Therapeutic education and attendance at self-help meetings are not applicable.
  • Courses can only be counted once and cannot be duplicated (as both specific and related, for example).
  • Duplicate (repeat) courses can be counted only once for each 12 month period.

MCBAP categorizes education as specific or related. These terms are defined as:

  • Specific – when the title, goals, objectives or course outline are specifically focused on alcohol, tobacco, and/or other substance use issues. Key words in course titles may include substance abuse, substance use disorder, drug addiction, chemical dependency, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, or co-occurring disorders.
  • Relatedwhen the title, goals, objectives or course outline content clearly indicate the course content addresses development of any of the domains, but the context may not directly address SUD issues (e.g. gambling, general counseling skills, EMDR, trauma-informed-care, clinical theory, therapeutic methods).

Appropriate sources of education, provided the activity meets the MCBAP definition of specific or related:

  • MCBAP Approved Providers (see mcbap.com)
  • MCBAP Training Calendar (see mcbap.com)
  • College and university courses offered by an institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. A copy of an official certificate of completion (or transcripts) must be submitted.
    • One semester college credit is equivalent to 15 contact hours
    • One quarter college credit is equivalent to 10 contact hours
  • Professional associations (such as NASW, ACA, ASAM, etc.)
  • Employer in-service education
  • IC&RC Member Approved
  • State of Michigan
  • Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP)
  • Community Mental Health Provider Networks
  • Teaching – Applicants may earn up to 6 contact hours for an initial application or per one-year certification period spent teaching or training at educational events.
  • Publishing in a professional journal – Applicants may earn up to 6 contact hours for an initial application or per one-year certification period by publishing more than 4,000 words in a professional publication.
  • Presenting papers – Applicants may earn up to 6 contact hours for an initial application or per one-year certification period for presenting a paper at a state or national conference.

Any education other than those listed above must be MCBAP approved and may require submission of additional information for review.

Supervision is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge. Some things to keep in mind:

Applicants (with the exception of the CCJP-M) are required to pass the IC&RC exam relevant to the credential sought. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Applicants with disabilities and/or religious obligations that require modifications in test modifications are to submit the Special_Accommodations_Form-2017.pdf (mcbap.com) to MCBAP no fewer than 120 days prior to the scheduled test date. As part of the request, the candidate must provide official documentation of the disability or religious issue.
  • If an applicant fails the exam, they must wait a minimum of 90 days prior to re-taking the exam.
  • Applicants must successfully complete the exam within the previous 10 years of the date of application submission.
  • Applicants may choose between remote testing or in-person at a testing location. For remote testing guidelines email info@mcbap.com.

Process:

  • Applicants must register at least 6 weeks prior to the exam date.
  • Applicants must:
  • Once pre-registered, the testing company will contact the applicant via email to set up a test date and time.
  • Tests can be canceled or rescheduled 5 or more calendar days prior to the examination date by logging on to the testing company website and paying the $25.00 cancel/reschedule fee.
  • If the applicant misses the 5-day window to cancel or reschedule, they will be required to submit a new IC&RC Registration Application and pay the non-refundable fee.

Applicants must live or work 51% of the time in the State of Michigan at the time of initial application.

Applicants must read, sign and adhere to the Code of Ethical Standards for the credential for which they are applying which can be found here:

Failure to do so may result in suspensions, sanctions or revocations as outlined in the Guide for Ethical Standards Violation Complaints which can be found here:

Specific Certification Requirements

Click on titles below to review requirements specific to each certification. These are in addition to the Requirements for All Certifications on the left.

Work Experience

Masters degree or higher in an approved discipline: 2,000 hours providing counseling to those with SUD

Education Degree

Master’s degree or higher: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy

Additional Education

186 total education hours required. Of those:

  • 180 must be specific to SUD.
  • 6 hours of ethics

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

Master’s degree or higher in an approved discipline: 100 hours post-master’s degree specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor – Development Plan

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Applications

Work Experience

High school/GED: 6,000 hours providing counseling to those with SUD.

Associates degree in an approved discipline: 5,000 hours providing counseling to those with SUD.

Bachelors degree or higher in an approved discipline: 4,000 hours providing counseling to those with SUD.

Master’s degree or higher in an approved discipline: 2,000 hours providing counseling to those with SUD.

Education Degree

High School/GED diploma: N/A

Associate or bachelor’s degree: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy, family studies, sociology, human services, criminal justice, public health, nursing and social science

Master’s degree or higher: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy and criminal justice

Additional Education

300 total education hours required. Of those:

  • 180 must be specific to SUD.
  • 120 hours may be related and/or specific to SUD.
  • 6 hours of ethics

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

High school/GED or Associate’s degree in an approved discipline: 300 hours specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Associate’s degree or higher in an approved discipline: 200 hours specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor – Development Plan

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Applications

Work Experience

Masters degree or higher in an approved discipline: 6,000 hours included in these hours must be 4,000 hours clinical supervisor experience.

A current, active CADC or CAADC credential issued by MCBAP is required to apply. Michigan only credentials are not eligible for a CCS.

Education Degree

Master’s degree or higher: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy

Additional Education

30 total education hours in the IC&RC performance domains required. Of those:

  • 4 hours must be in Counselor Development
  • 4 hours must be in Professional and Ethical Standards
  • 4 hours must be in Program Development and Quality Assurance
  • 4 hours must be in Performance Evaluation
  • 4 hours must be in Administration

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

Master’s degree or higher in an approved discipline: 100 hours post-master’s degree specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Applications

Work Experience

All: 2,000 hours providing SUD prevention services.

Education Degree

A minimum of a high school or GED diploma.

Additional Education

120 hours total education hours required. Of those:

  • 24 must be specific to SUD.
  • 96 hours may be related and/or specific to SUD.
  • 6 hours of prevention ethics

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

All: 120 hours 25 hours specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)

  • Certified Prevention Specialist – Michigan (CPS-M)

  • Certified Prevention Consultant (CPC)

  • Certified Prevention Consultant – Michigan (CPC-M)

Applications

Work Experience

All: 8,000 hours providing SUD prevention services.

Education Degree

A minimum of a high school or GED diploma.

Additional Education

240 total education hours required. Of those:

  • 48 must be specific to SUD.
  • 192 hours may be related and/or specific to SUD.
  • 6 hours of prevention ethics

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

All: 240 hours 25 hours specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)

  • Certified Prevention Specialist – Michigan (CPS-M)

  • Certified Prevention Consultant (CPC)

  • Certified Prevention Consultant – Michigan (CPC-M)

Applications

Work Experience

All: 500 hours providing SUD peer recovery support services to those with SUD.

Education Degree

A minimum of a high school or GED diploma.

Additional Education

46 total education hours required. Of those:

  • 10 hours must be in Advocacy
  • 10 hours must be in Mentoring and Education
  • 10 hours must be in Recovery Processes and Wellness Planning
  • 16 hours must be in Ethical Responsibility
  • 6 hours must be in MCBAP- approved recovery clinical ethical behavior and decision making (may be included within the hours of Ethical Responsibility)

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

All: 25 hours 25 hours specific to IC&RC Domains with a minimum of 5 hours in each domain.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor – Development Plan

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Applications

Work Experience

All: 4,000 hours post-degree in a criminal justice setting with SUD.

Education Degree

Bachelor’s degree or higher: Criminal justice, counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy, family studies, sociology, human services

Additional Education

200 total education hours required in:

  • Dynamics of addiction behavior
  • The criminal justice system
  • Processes of criminal behavior
  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Case Management
  • Substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Ethical responsibility

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

All: 200 hours

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor – Development Plan

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Applications