Testing

Take the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam

If seeking licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor:

  • The IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam is accepted by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) to meet the state’s exam requirement in application for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).
  • Upon successful completion of the exam, you’ll need to apply for licensure through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
  • There are no prerequisite requirements to take this exam.
  • The Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam is also accepted by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for the LADC exam requirement.

If seeking certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor:

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor certifications are offered through the Minnesota Certification Board.
    • If you’ve previously taken the Alcohol and Drug Counselor exam, certification can be added for a fee.
    • If you haven’t taken the Alcohol and Drug Counselor exam, you can do so as part of your certification application process

Learn more about the different certifications offered, requirements, and application process.

Testing Information

The Minnesota Certification Board is an approved computerized testing center for ISO Quality Testing. To view additional testing locations, please visit the ISO Quality Testing website.

The Minnesota Certification Board administers IC&RC exams associated with the credentials we carry including:

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Prevention (Specialist) Professional
  • Criminal Justice Addictions Professional
  • Peer Recovery Specialist

Learn more about the different certifications offered, requirements, and application process.

The Minnesota Certification Board offers computerized exams, which are available throughout the year with NO cut off dates. After you are approved by MCB to take a computerized exam, you will be able to select your test location from any of the ISO Quality Testing sites and schedule your exam.

Study Guides

Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam Study Guide

Getting Ready to Test (M404): A Review and Preparation Manual for Drug and Alcohol Credentialing Exams (8th Edition) 

Price: $149.00 + $18.00 Shipping & Handling

To purchase: contact MCB to pay by credit card. The study guide will be mailed to you.

This unique, self-guided, 786-page manual provides the most comprehensive set of materials designed to help refresh and enhance your knowledge on many of the major, need-to-know areas of information required for drug and alcohol written examinations. It includes a 150-question sample written exam – designed to make you feel more comfortable with the actual exam as well as to help you focus your study and preparation time.

Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide

Click here to learn more and download the free manual.

Peer Recovery Exam Study Guide

Click here to learn more and download the free manual.

Additional Information

For additional information on study guides, please visit the Exam Study Materials page on the IC&RC website.

Practice Exams

The IC&RC has developed practice examinations for various credentials.

Practice Exams were developed to mimic IC&RC’s Computer Based Testing platform to enhance a candidate’s preparation experience. Candidates have 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.

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 Study Materials page of IC&RC’s website.

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