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CPC-R - Certified Prevention Consultant - Reciprocal

Overview of Requirements

Experience - 8,000 hours earned through full- or part-time work

DEGREE CREDIT: 2,000 hours experience credit for a Bachelor's degree in a related field; 4,000 hours credit for a Master's degree in a related field.

The degree must be from an regionally accredited college or university, with a major in addiction studies, public health, sociology, social sciences, psychology, education, public administration, communications, criminal justice, or a related human service field. Experiential degrees are not accepted.

  • Experience is defined as full- or part-time work providing Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention services at a substance abuse prevention program licensed by the State of Michigan. A minimum of 50% of average hours per week of work experience must be devoted to planning, coordinating, evaluating, consulting and/or delivering prevention services.

Education - 240 hours of education in ATOD prevention. At least 48 of the contact hours must be specific to ATOD Prevention and the remaining 192 of the contact hours may be related to ATOD Prevention and within the Prevention domains; including at least six (6) contact hours of a face-to-face, MCBAP-approved Prevention Ethics training. Of the 240 contact hours, the following areas are recommended but not required: 45 hours specific to multicultural and/or specific populations awareness and 80 hours specific to community organization, prevention planning and evaluation.

  • Education is defined as formal classroom instruction (workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services and college/university coursework) or home study courses (internet, correspondence, teleconference). All education must be documented and from a MCBAP approved source. Course credits awarded based on experience alone are not accepted.
  • Education must be specific to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks within each IC&RC/PS Performance Domain.

Supervised Practical Training - 240 hours of direct supervision performing ATOD prevention functions related to the IC&RC Prevention Performance Domains (with a minimum of 10 hours in supervised activities in each Performance Domain).

  • Supervised Practical Training is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge. This training must take place in a setting where ATOD prevention is being provided. This training must occur as part of eligible work experience and may be completed under more than one supervisor. Supervision or co-supervision must be provided by a person holding a MCBAP Prevention credential: CPS, CPC, CPC-R, CPS-M, CPC-M. Co-supervision may come from outside the applicant's employment.

Testing - IC&RC-Prevention Specialist written examination

  • Applicants are required to pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Prevention Specialist (PS) written examination as part of their CPC-R requirement. There are no prerequisites to take the exam. A passing score is based upon the total score. If you fail the exam, you must retake the entire exam.

Code of Ethics ??? Sign and adhere to the current MCBAP Prevention Code of Ethical Standards.

Residency - Must live or work within the State of Michigan fifty-one percent (51%) of the time.

Fee - Submit $150.00 non-refundable two-year certification fee (online application manual included.)


  • Forty (40) hours of approved continuing education training is required for a two (2) year certification or twenty (20) hours of approved continuing education training is required for a one (1) year certification. Time period is since the beginning of your previous certification period with a minimum of 50% hours specific to ATOD prevention.

Renewal Fee - $135 two (2) year renewal fee, $85 one (1) year renewal fee.

NOTE: there is a reduced $25 renewal fee for each additional credential for those individuals who hold more than one MCBAP certification.