Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services


IC&RC Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the IC&RC?

A. The IC&RC is an acronym for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, Inc. which is a membership organization consisting of over 70 certification authorities. The IC&RC promotes uniform professional standards with the commitment to providing high quality services for clients.  New York State is a member board of the IC&RC.

Q. What is an International Certificate?

A. While the International Certificate does not authorize its holders to practice outside of their local jurisdiction, it is considered to be a formal acknowledgement of having met the international standards set by the IC&RC. 

Q. What does having the International Certificate mean for me?

A. Having the International Certificate will assure that you are listed on the IC&RC’s international database of credentialed professionals that will be available in the event of a national emergency or disaster (such as the Katrina disaster).

Q. Does having an International Certificate allow me to work in another state without obtaining their credential/license?

A. It is important to note that most states will require that counselors obtain a reciprocal credential to work in that particular jurisdiction. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to contact the state where they are interested in working to inquire about that jurisdiction’s requirements for working in the addictions field. 

Q. Do you have contact information for other states that have reciprocity with New York?

A. You may obtain a list of IC&RC Member Boards at:

Q.    How to I begin the process to receive reciprocity to another state?

A.   Contact the Credentialing Unit at to request an “Application for Reciprocity” form and instructions.

Q. Is there a fee to receive the International Certificate?

A. There is no longer an application process or fee to obtain the International Certificate

Q. How long is my International Certificate in effect?

A. The expiration date of your International Certificate will correspond to the expiration date of your state credential.

Q. Does my state credential need to be current in order to obtain subsequent International Certificates?

A. Yes.

Q. How do I renew my International Certificate?

A. OASAS will automatically apprise the IC&RC upon renewal of your state credential.  Delivery of your renewed International Certificate will be approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the renewal of your New York State credential.

Q. I no longer wish to receive the International Certificate. Can I remove my name from the process?

A. Yes, forward your declination with your renewal application.