IC&RC Written Counselor Certification Examination
All applicants for certification as Wisconsin Counselor Certification Board, Inc. (WCB) Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC-D or CADC II or CADC III) must pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC/AODA) written counselor certification examination. The exam is used by all members of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The exam was developed by a representative team of AODA counselors, including representatives from Wisconsin. It is a valid and reliable testing instrument based on a role delineation study completed by the ICRC.
The ICRC written counselor certification examination is
given every quarter in Milwaukee and Wisconsin Rapids (4 dates per year). Test registration forms and fees must be
received at the WCB office two weeks prior to test dates. Request for a special testing accommodation must be received
at the WCB office 30 days prior to test dates.
There is no specified prerequisite for taking the test. However, because the test is an experience based test, it is recommended that the counselor have at least a year of AODA counseling experience before taking the test.
The exam consists of 150 questions. Candidates’ scores will be based on the number of questions answered correctly. Scores are reported on a scale ranging from 200 to 800. A candidate who scores at or above 500 will pass the examination. An applicant’s test score is valid indefinitely. If the counselor does not pass the exam, it may be retaken as many times as necessary. There is no set amount of time a counselor must wait before retesting.
After an applicant has registered for the written exam, he or she will receive a candidate guide which gives the applicant an understanding of the type of questions and range of content in the exam.
If you have any questions, contact the WCB office by email at or by telephone at