Certification in the fields of alcohol and drug counseling, co-occurring disorders, prevention, clinical supervision, and criminal justice is designed to establish policies and procedures that help protect 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.
Certifications mark professionals who are specialists in the field. Employers may use certification as a measure in considering advancement/promotions. Some employers consider certification in hiring decisions and request certification upon employment.
Certification may provide you with greater recognition by employers. In tough job markets, certification might give you the edge over the competition. Consider seeking certifications in a variety of specialty areas that you are qualified for to demonstrate a wide skill set.
When certified at the reciprocal level, you enjoy the benefit of being able to easily transfer your credentials to other IC&RC boards that recognize the same credentials. Greater mobility can increase job opportunities.
Certification does have limitations: It does not guarantee quality and integrity by itself. It does, however, unite and set the direction for professional responsibility and growth.