Guidelines and Criteria for Continuing Education Credit as defined by Title 33, Chapter 8 and associated Administrative Rules
Only 50% (20 hours) of the total hours of continuing education may be carried over from the last licensing period (if they were not used then) into the current period. Hours which are carried over must have been obtained in the last year of the last licensing period. It is also expected that the applicant will be able to show how on-going clinical support has been achieved.
Education/training must consist of a minimum of 40 hours within the last two years. All of the 40 recertification hours may be derived from on-line, distance learning or homestudy courses that have been approved by the IC&RC, an IC&RC member board, NAADAC, or the Vermont Certification Board. 6 of the 40 hours must be an ethics training. Those clock hours must be comprised of the following:
- Face–to-face workshops, conferences, or seminars; on-line, distance learning or homestudy courses; or a combination.
- In-service hours may be used for a maximum of 15 in-service hours at a 33 1/3 percent credit rate; that is, for every three hours of in-service training, only one hour may be used for credit. In service is defined as the education and training which occurs within the counselor’s agency, for agency staff. The education and training must be specific to the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. Training which is non-specific to alcohol and/or drug abuse training may be used but only with a thorough justification as to its relation to the field. One hour of credit is allowed for every 3 hours of in-service training with a limit of 15 hours total for credentialing or recredentialing. Supervision, staff meetings, or case conferences are not deemed eligible for hour credit. Documentation of in-service training will consist of a written statement from the employer stating the number of contact hours attended by the employee.
- Teaching hours: Up to 15 of the 40 required hours may be earned while teaching an approved training event( which must be specific to the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment or related to the field with a thorough justification.) Credit for teaching is on a 50 percent basis, i.e. one hour of licensing credit for every two hours of teaching.
Are you offering a training and want to give approved CEU’s to attendees? Please complete the form below and send to the Certification Board.
Are you offering an ethics training?
Please be sure your ethics training is at least 6 hours in length as this is the requirement for initial certification and continued recertification.
Guidelines for approval for trainings eligible for credentialing and recredentialing as a licensed/certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor consist of the following:
- The education and training must be specific to the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. Training which is non-specific to alcohol and/or drug abuse training must be thoroughly justified as to its relation to the field of substance abuse treatment.
- The topic of the training must be appropriate to the needs of an alcohol and drug abuse counselor.
- The training must address the 12 core functions of an IC&RC Counselor .
- The trainer (presenter) must have demonstrated competence in the subject of the training.
- The number of hours requested must be no greater than the actual number of hours in training.