What is meant by “Certification”?
The ORAPC (Ontario Regional Addictions Partnership Committee) is encouraging all NNADAP Workers to become a Certified Addictions Workers certified by one of the following certifying bodies:
- FNWACCB (First Nations Wellness and Addictions Counsellor Certification Board)
- CACCF (Canadian Addictions Counsellor Certification Federation)
- CCPC (Canadian Council of Professional Counsellors
What are the different levels of Certification?
- Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist I (ICADC I)
- Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist II (ICADC II)
- Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist III (ICADC III)
- ICPS (International Certified Prevention Specialist)
- ICADC (International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor)
- ICCAC (International Certified Clinical Addictions Counsellor)
- ICCDP (International Certified Co-occuring Disorders Professional)
- ICCS (International Certified Clinical Supervisor)
- Associate Addictions Counsellor (AAC)
- Certified Addictions Counsellor II (CAC II)
What is required for Certification?
The following are requirements of all 3 levels of certification for FNWACCB:
All applicants must demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in the following 12 core functions. (The competencies documented are assessed according to a competency scale.)
- Assessment and evaluation
- Treatment Planning
- Counselling: Individual, Group and Significant others
- Case Management
- Crisis Intervention
- Client Education
- Reports and Record Keeping
- Consultation With Other Professionals In Regard To Client Treatment/Services
In addition to the 12 core functions the following must be demonstrated. Knowledge and skills – assessed through review of all the information provided (course description and hours, transcripts, certificates, job descriptions, previous and present work experience, Supervisor evaluation, letters of reference and endorsement).
Level I requires: High School or GED, 1 year of Full-time employment as an Aboriginal Addictions Counsellor and 120 hours of training in Core Functions and 120 hours of training in Addictions Related Topics (see list below). The other levels require longer employment experience and more hours of training. Please see the www.FNWACCB.ca website for requirements for other levels.
Addictions Related Topics
Knowledge of Addictions
Interviewing approaches and techniques
Where can I get more information?
More information can be found by viewing the certification boards’ website or by contacting them directly. Your ORAPC Representative can always answer any questions you may have as well as the ORAPC Coordinator.