The Vermont Alcohol and Drug Addiction Certification Board is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium-approved Board.  The Board was established to credential alcohol and drug addiction counselors in the State of Vermont.

Exam Information


To take the AAP/ADC exams you do not need to complete all criteria & have an approved application.  However, you cannot be credentialed until all work & education-training requirements are met. 

Policies and Procedures


The Vermont Alcohol and Drug Addiction Certification Board (VADACB) maintains credentialing guidelines developed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

Exam Schedule


AAP Test Dates:
- February 21, 2014
– May 16, 2014

ADC and CS Test Dates:
- Testing On Demand!

What is The Vermont Alcohol and Drug Addiction Certification Board?

The goals of the Certification Board are as follows:*

  • Section 1. Assure the quality of health care provided to the client by providing a standard against which to judge the competence of alcohol and drug addiction counselors.
  • Section 2. Provide a respected, internationally recognized credential of professional competency within a specialized field of counseling.
  • Section 3. Provide a respected, recognized credential of professional competency within the field of prevention.
  • Section 4. Provide a guideline by which third-party payers compensate qualified personnel for services provided to those affected by alcohol and/or other drug addiction.
  • Section 5. Provide employers with identifiable standards of qualification as well as ethical standards of professionalism to assist them in hiring and in establishing job performance standards.

* From the VADACB By Laws. Download the complete By Laws here.
* Review our Legal References and Policies and Procedures here.

Ethical Standards of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors

The Certification Board subscribes to the ethical Standards and Code of Conduct endorsed by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC.)  Certified Clinical Supervisors are held to the Vermont Clinical Supervisors Ethical Statement.

A full copy of the ethical Standards and Code of Conduct endorsed by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors is available on this website in addition to NAADAC’s website.  A full copy of the Vermont Clinical Supervisors Ethical Statement is available here.

Certification Board Meetings

The Vermont Certification Board meets quarterly at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.  If you would like to attend a meeting to discuss an issue of interest to the field of substance addiction, please contact Nan Kolok so you can be added to that day’s agenda.

2014 Certification Board Meeting Schedule
- Jan 17th, May 9th, July 18th, & Oct 24th