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The Updated Exam for Substance Abuse Counselors – What Has Changed?

Hello everyone! This is a short and quick post to introduce the new Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification exam by the IC&RC, which will be administered by all IC&RC member boards in late 2014, early 2015.  I will be publishing more detailed information about the test, but for now I will mention what the new examination will cover.

The main change is in the name of the content. The very well known 8 Practice Domains were grouped into 4 Performance Domains. Notice the change in the word practice, into performance. Is the information completely different, then? The answer is, no. The information is the same; in fact, the new exam will continue to measure competency in the same areas. The 4 Performance Domains, are:

  • Performance Domain 1: Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
  • Performance Domain 2: Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral
  • Performance Domain 3: Counseling
  • Performance Domain 4: Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

Engagement = Client, Family, and Community Education

Collaboration = Service Coordination

So, if you’re planning on taking the new LCDC exam, also known as the Alcohol and Drug Counselor exam, by the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), stay tuned because I will update my blog and my study guide, and I will be publishing more information related to this new exam.

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Information from: http://professionals.internationalcredentialing.org/


  1. Carolyn says:

    I took the exam and failed. I ordered the IC&RC Advanced Alcohol and Drug exam. The majority of the book was pertaining to trauma informed care and did not have any questions on the exam about trauma informed care. I was disappointed and hope no one buy that worthless study exam. It was $70 for the study guide!!SMH
    Any suggestions on good study material that will help me pass the this exam.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Unfortunately, I only have knowledge of the IC&RC ADC and not the AADC (Advanced). However, I recommend that you follow the AADC candidate’s guide and focus on the topics they tell you to study. You can download the candidate’s guide from the IC&RC website.


  2. Herb Hickle says:

    What plans do you have for the IC & RC ADVANCED alcohol and drug counselor examination? I’m next door in Louisiana and I am not sure what other states are doing but we have three levels of licensure. I am planning on taking the Masters level exam in May or June of 2015. The first two levels changed in February but the Masters level doesn’t change until May 11, 2015.

  3. LR White says:

    I plan to take the exam by Fall 2015, would like to be kept informed of updates and changes, as well. Thank you

  4. Jonathan N. Harvey says:

    Hello, My name is Jonathan, I will be taking the LADC test in 2015 and I will like to be a part of your study program. How can I become get involve or how can I be a part of this program?

  5. jude says:

    Please, I like to take part in your prep. Program for test in 2015. Keep me informed when you begin practice, and the fees. Thanks Jude.

    • jude says:

      Ok. I will be glad if you keep me informed on how I can take part and do the test in 2015.

      • Hi Jude, I will keep you posted as more information is published on the new exam. I am currently updating my blog and my study guide, so follow my blog and you will receive future posts by email with information about the 2015 ADC exam/LCDC exam. Best regards, Samantha.

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