Passing the IC&RC Prevention Exam: A Comprehensive Study Guide and Test- Taking Strategy Series

Passing the IC&RC Prevention Exam: A Comprehensive Study Guide and Test- Taking Strategy Series

The International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) observed that the Prevention Specialist (PS) certification exam pass rate decreased from 82% in 2016 to 62% in 2018 (IC&RC, 2019). Establishing a competent prevention workforce has been critical for achieving success and improving long-term health outcomes for all. The utilization of evidence-based strategies is paramount in addressing this global public health crisis.

Each session of this 3-part series, focuses on the tools and skills necessary for prevention professionals to prepare to sit for the IC&RC PS certification exam.

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SESSION 1: In this session, we will delve into the content covered in the Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide with a focus on developing a strong foundational understanding of the key concepts.


SESSION 2: Building on the content covered in session 1, this session will explore foundational concepts that are key to successfully passing the exam.  


SESSION 3: This final session will focus on interactive test-taking strategies by practicing sample exam questions.  


Nicole Augustine

Nicole M Augustine is the Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants, Inc, a strategic consulting firm founded in January 2015. Nicole is an entrepreneur, public health professional, and social justice advocate. Nicole received her B.A. in Sociology from Cornell University and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health. Nicole gained the Prevention Specialist credential in 2014 and has worked at every level of prevention practice - from providing prevention education to providing training and technical assistance to communities, states, and federal agencies. In addition to managing RIZE Consultants, Nicole serves as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network, a consultant to the Prevention Technology Transfer Center, and the Region 3 / 4 Director for SAMHSA's new Strategic Prevention TA Center.  

In August 2022, Nicole published the Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide to help readers understand the competencies and knowledge necessary to become a Prevention Specialist (PS) and adequately prepare prevention professionals to pass the Prevention Specialist certification exam. Nicole is a passionate prevention thought leader with a desire to be of greater impact and drive community change through innovative strategies.




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