HHS Region: Region 7 - Mid-America 

Prevention Experience: 

  • 2000 clock hours of supervised experience in performing the Prevention Performance Domains of the Prevention Specialist
  • Document this according to instructions on Form 05-PS, “Professional Experience Resume”
  • You must document 120 hours specific to the IC&RC Prevention Domains with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain
  • Document these hours according to instructions on Form 06-PS, “Documentation of IC&RC Prevention Domain Experience”

Educational / Training Requirements:

  • Professional responsibility means practicing ethical behavior, attaining knowledge in current research, recognizing cultural diversity, and modeling healthy behaviors.
  • A minimum of 120 hours of prevention specific education, including:
  • Successful completion of the “Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training” (if this course is not available in the time frame necessary, contact the IBC office)
  • 6 clock hours in an IBC-approved prevention ethics course
  • 6 clock hours of training in special populations
  • 3 clock hours of training in racial/ethnic
  • 50 clock hours of training in ATOD specific training
  • Some of these clock hours may come from your college transcripts if the course content is applicable. Documentation of this will be according to instructions on Form 04-PS, “Educational Clock Hour Documentation.”
  • Degree Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree, or Associate of Arts Degree
  • additional 35 clock hours of prevention-related training, or
  • High School Diploma or GED,
  • And an additional 48 clock hours of prevention-related training

Pre- IC&RC Certification Level Requirements:

Advanced Title: 

Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS)

Advanced Requirements:

  • 6000 hours supervised experience

  • All required education under CPS plus:
  • 3 clock hours in use of technology in prevention
  • 3 clock hours in prevention applicable ethics
  • 6 clock hours in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders (including SBIRT specific training)
  • 3 clock hours in Stages of Change and Readiness
  • 3 clock hours in Trauma Informed Care and ACES
  • 6 clock hours in Coordination of Care
  • Minimum of bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Demonstration of experience providing a minimum of 5 advanced level prevention services.
  • A narrative demonstrating understanding of:
  • Personal professional prevention philosophy
  • Resiliency and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • The importance of the SPF and why it’s a good way to do business
  • Continuum of care
  • Mental/physical/primary health integration with substance abuse prevention
  • Quality improvement implementation
  • Integration of cultural competency/responsiveness into programming
  • Collaboration with other prevention partners
  • 3 letters of recommendation from community partners confirming advanced work, collaboration on planning and implementation and skill sets represented by applicant.
  • Pass the IC&RC PS exam

Certification & Licensing Board: 

Iowa Board of Certification (IBC)

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