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Licensure and/or Certification In More Than One Jurisdiction

We are often asked if certified professionals can hold a license or certification in more than one jurisdiction or state. The short answer is yes, as long as they have attained the correct certification – specifically the Certified Addiction Professional for Florida students. There a dozens of certification and licensing bodies in the United States and the world that will reciprocate the IC&RC equivalent of the Certified Addiction Professional as granted by the Florida Certification Board.

Professionals looking to reciprocate or maintain license in multiple jurisdictions should take not of the following:

  • Do not assume that the state with which you wish to reciprocate your license participates through the IC&RC. While most do, some do not, so please check with the target state or jurisdiction beforehand.
  • Each state has a different standard for licensure/certification. You may find that the target state requires additional training or qualifications. Because of this, we suggest you allow yourself plenty of time to complete the application process.
  • You will have to renew your license or certification in all states and jurisdictions separately. Also, remember that continuing education requirements may vary between jurisdictions. Do not assume that what is sufficient for one state will be acceptable for all.

Ultimately, if you are a qualified professional that wishes to practice in more than one state or jurisdiction, you should understand that each governing body has its own set of rules and regulations. It is important that you understand these rules to avoid any confusion or delay in your plans. Please make sure you do your research beforehand and if you have any questions, please direct them to the IC&RC or the respective licensure or certification bodies.

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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (South Florida Location) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.