Bringing All The Pieces Together

Certification must be renewed on each two-year anniversary of the certification date. Renewal applications should be submitted to the office at least 60 days prior to the expiration date to ensure timely renewal. Certification is renewable upon completion of an application to the Certification Board that includes a summary of evidence (and supporting documentation) of a minimum of 40 clock hours of continuing education/training obtained during the previous two 2-year period. Continuing education/training should include topics pertaining to the domains of the held credential, which would satisfy a Board requirement that the counselor has maintained his/her competencies of the credential and kept current in the profession. All recertification applications must include a signed affirmation to reconfirm the applicant’s commitment to the Ethical Standards of Certified Professionals.

  1. Certification is renewable upon current and continuous membership in MAAP.
  2. The Board may refuse to act on the application if there is evidence of the individual not meeting the professional code of ethics.
  3. Recertification may be denied by the Certification Board by independent action or upon recommendation of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals with proof of gross violations of the MAAP professional code of ethics.
  4. An applicant who is denied recertification may appeal to the board for a hearing, at which at least six (6) of the 10 Board members must be present. If applicant is still not satisfied after this hearing, the applicant may appeal to a special Board of five members, which will be appointed for this purpose. This special Board will consist of the President of MAAP or his appointed representative and four (4) other members of MAAP. None of these four temporarily appointed persons may be members of the Certification Board.
  5. Certification is considered lapsed on the expiration date of the credential.  There is no grace period.  Timely application to the Certification Board is the responsibility of the certificate holder.  For timely renewal, allow a minimum of 60 days from the date of expiration for recertification application to be reviewed and processed.  For Certifications lapsed over 4 years the applicant must submit a new portfolio and application for certification and take the IC&RC written exam that corresponds to the credential they are applying for.  A letter of verification of work status from the applicant’s supervisor must accompany the application.  

Educational Guidelines: The principles for acquiring continuing education/training hours are as follows:

  • Conferences, Workshops, and/or Seminars: 50% Minimum
  • Employee In-Services: 25% Maximum
  • Online/Home Study Courses: 25% Maximum

Specific recertification requirements for each credential are listed below (requirements subject to change at the discretion of the Certification Board):

IC:  20 hours of continuing education/training earned every three years, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC ADC domains, and must include 2 hours in Ethics to include specifics relating to alcohol and drug counseling and 2 hours in HIV/AIDS training.

CADC, CADC I, CADC II: 40 hours of education/training, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC ADC domains: Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Referral; Service Coordination; Counseling; Client, Family, Community Education; Documentation; Professional & Ethical Responsibility. The 40-hour total must include 2 hours Ethics and 2 hours in HIV/AIDS training.

CAADC (formerly CCAP): 40 hours of education/training, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC AADC domains: Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Referral; Service Coordination; Counseling; Client, Family & Community Education; Documentation; Professional & Ethical Responsibilities; Research, Design Analysis & Utilization; Clinical Supervision. The 40-hour total must include 2 hours in Ethics and 2 hours in HIV/AIDS training.

CCS:  Six hours of education/training, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC CS domains.  Hours may be used toward recertification for primary credential.

APS: 20 hours of prevention education/training, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC PS domains. The 20-hour total must include 2 hours in Ethics and 2 hours in HIV/AIDS training.

CPS, & CPM: 40 hours of education/training, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC PS domains: Planning & Evaluation; Education & Skill Development; Community Organization; Public Policy & Environmental Change; Professional Growth & Responsibility. The 40-hour total must include 2 hours in Ethics and 2 hours in HIV/AIDS training.

CCJP: 40 hours of education/training, which must include topics relating to the IC&RC CCJP domains: Dynamics of Addiction & Criminal Behavior; Legal, Ethical & Professional Responsibility; Criminal Justice System & Processes; Clinical Evaluation: Screening & Assessment; Treatment Planning; Case Management, Monitoring & Participant Supervision; Counseling ; Documentation. The 40-hour total must include 2 hours in Ethics and 2 hours in HIV/AIDS training.

In this area you will find the forms necessary for recertification.  Each credential has it's own recertification application.  Please download and send in the correct application for the recertification you are requesting.  Also in this area is the "Lapsed' Certification guidelines.  Certification is considered Lapsed the day after your certification's expiration date.  Use this chart to determine how many Continuing Education hours you will need for recertification and the cost associated with each year past your certification expiration date.