The Minnesota Certification Board (MCB)

Setting the policies and procedures for alcohol and other drug certifications.

Who We Are

The Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) is a non-profit agency dedicated to protecting the citizens of Minnesota by ensuring that certified professionals working in a wide range of professions are providing safe and competent services to the public.  The MCB is a member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

Types of Certifications

We offer certifications for professionals in the areas of alcohol and drug counseling, co-occurring disorders, prevention, clinical supervision, peer recovery, and criminal justice. Learn more about the various certifications we offer, the requirements and fees for each, and begin your application!

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One year after receiving your initial certification, you will need to renew your certification and pay an annual renewal fee. After that, you’ll move to a two-year recertification cycle. Learn more about keeping your credentials up-to-date! 

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The Minnesota Certification Board offers computerized exams, which are available throughout the year with NO cut off dates. Find a testings center and learn more about how to apply for an exam!

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Minnesota Certification Board Recruitment Announcements

The Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) is recruiting for the following open positions:

  • Cultural Equity & Advancement Advisory Council Members – we are seeking multiple community members to join our biannual remote council meetings to advance MCB’s work in cultural learning, training, and growth. We encourage certified professionals to apply.

If interested in the open position(s) please send your cover letter and resume to and we will contact you.

Minnesota Certification Board Scholarship Opportunity for Alcohol & Drug Counselor Exam

The Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for scholarships for the Alcohol & Drug Counselor test exam, through the Department of Human Services funded grant.  The Alcohol & Drug Counselor exam will be available February 16, 2023.  We are notifying intereested candidates in advance that may be interested in taking the exam only at no cost, to promote workforce development for new candidates into the service areas in Minneosta.  We have a limited number of scholarships and they will be awarded on a first come basis to those that meet all criteria and complete the ADC application packet, which is available on our website and the link is attached here  All relevant application packet and information on this credential, are available on our website at