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Southwest Certification Board (SCB)

The Southwest Certification Board (SCB), an affiliate of Native American Connections, is an official International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Certification Board for the purpose of credentialing qualified alcohol and drug counselors,serving both urban and tribal Native American populations.

The IC&RC defines the jurisdiction of SCB as: Counselors working in Indian Health Service (IHS) funded agencies, Tribal and Native American operated agencies, and agencies that primarily serve American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) in the Southwestern United States.

The IC&RC standards for certification are commonly recognized by 70 agencies representing more than 37,000 certified professionals internationally, including alcohol and drug authorities in most states, Tribal alcohol and drug programs, as well as various foreign alcoholism commissions, branches of the military and Indian Health Services.

The SCB administers the IC&RC Credentialing and the Reciprocity Exam and offers certification for the following:

Southwest Certification IC&RC Certification
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor - CADC I* NONE
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor - CADC II Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor - ADC
Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor - CAADC III Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor - AADC


* The CADC I is an entry-level certification for counselors and does NOT require testing and is NOT recognized by IC&RC.

The Southwest Certification Board (SCB) offers the IC&RC Reciprocity Exam for Alcohol & Drug Counselors four (4) times per year and offers test preparation classes for the Exam two (2) times per year. This Exam is required for CADC II or ICADC Certification.

The State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE) requires counselors to be LICENSED to practice in the area of Substance Abuse Counseling. Consequently, the State of Arizona does NOT recognize Southwest Certification or IC&RC Certification credentials. However, the state of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners requires Substance Abuse Counselors to PASS the IC&RC Reciprocity Exam for Alcohol and Drug Counselors offered by Southwest Certification in order to become a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. Therefore, the State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE) recognizes Southwest Certification Board as an official testing site for the Exam.

How to Apply For Certification

IC&RC Exams and Prep to Test Information

IC&RC Exam Registration (Paper/Pencil) IC&RC Computer Based Testing (CBT) IC&RC Exam Preparation Class Registration for CADC / Exam ONLY

Southwest Certification Board Payment Fees

Mail all correspondence and forms to:
Southwest Certification
c/o Native American Connections
4520 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600
Phoenix, Arizona 85012


For more information:
Phone: 602.254.3247
E-mail: swcert@nativeconnections.org

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