EXAMINATIONS

EXAMINATIONS OVERVIEW

The main purpose of any certification and examination is public and consumer protection, not for protection of the professional. These processes ensure that a professional is competent and knowledgeable to provide services. Examinations are designed to demonstrate competence, therefore not everyone should or will pass.

 

Each examination offered by PCB is developed from a Subject Matter Expert (SME) developed Content Outline or Core Competencies. Examinations vary in length (number of question and time allotted to take the exam) and format (computer based or paper and pencil). All examinations are multiple choice.

 

Candidates for exams will be permitted to test only after their application is approved. This means that all requirements for the certification they are pursuing have been properly documented and met. Once an application is approved, the candidate will be emailed instructions to register for the examination. Exam scores are not released over the phone.

 

EXAMINATION

FORMAT

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

LENGTH

Peer Specialist (CPS)

Paper & Pencil

50

1.5 hours

Recovery Specialist (CRS)

Paper & Pencil

50

1.5 hours

Associate Addiction Counselor (CAAC)

Computer Based

150

3 hours

Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Computer Based

150

3 hours

Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)

Computer Based

150

3 hours

Clinical Supervisor  (CCS) Computer Based 150 3 hours

Allied Addiction Practitioner (CAAP)

Paper & Pencil

50

1.5 hours

Prevention Specialist (CPS)

Computer Based

150

3 hours

Family-Based Therapy (FBT)

Paper & Pencil

75

1.5 hours

SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS 

Individuals with disabilities and/or religious obligations that require modifications in exam administration may request specific procedure changes, in writing, to PCB no fewer than 60 days prior to the scheduled exam date.  With the written request, candidate must provide official documentation of the disability or religious issue.  Contact PCB on what constitutes official documentation.  PCB will make arrangements for appropriate modifications to its procedures when documentation supports this need. Email info@pacertboard.org for more information and for the Special Accomodations Form. 

 

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