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Idaho Student of Addiction Studies (ISAS)
The Idaho Student of Addiction Studies Certification is granted for ENTRY-LEVEL chemical dependency counseling within the State of Idaho. It signifies that they have a certain amount of alcohol and drug education and are in training. The Idaho Board of Certification, a member of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium, which does not recognize the Idaho Student of Addiction Studies certification, developed this certification to give trainees some recognition while they are working toward their CADC certification.
College or University transcript showing a passing grade in the following courses:
Introduction to Drugs & Society 3 credits 45 hours Family & Chemical Dependency 3 credits 45 hours Counseling Techniques I 3 credits 45 hours Pharmacology 3 credits 45 hours Screening and Assessment 3 credits 45 hours Case Management 3 credits 45 hours Ethics for Addictions Counselors 2 credits 30 hours Blood Born Pathogens * 1 credits 15 hours Practicum (300 hours) 4 credits 60 hours TOTAL FOR ISAS 25 credits 375 clock hours
* Offered at University of Idaho (not available at LCSC)
Letters of Reference
Three letters of reference must be provided.
- One letter is required from a Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor, with proof of certification if the CADC is not certified in Idaho.
- One letter of character reference from a peer that is familiar with your work and/or knowledge of the drug/alcohol field.
- One letter of reference from your direct supervisor for practicum hours.
- All letters of reference must be sent directly to the IBADCC office by the person submitting the letter.
Application/Manual....... $50.00 Written examination..... $50.00 Certification................ $50.00 Renewal..................... $50.00
Idaho Student of Addiction Studies testing will be held twice a year, on the second Friday of March and September. The test fee is due upon notice of approval to test.
The following application deadlines must be met in order to be eligible to test for ISAS.
- For March Testing: Deadline is January 10
- For September Testing: Deadline is July 10
- Documentation of 800 hours of work experience annually utilizing the 12 Core Functions working directly with AODA clients, is required unless enrolled full time in an academic program leading to a degree in the Behavioral Sciences. Acceptable degrees include but are not limited to: Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science, Counseling, and Alcohol programs. Work experience is defined as supervised work experience, paid or voluntary.
- Full or part time work experience is acceptable.
- Practicum can be used as part of the work experience.
- Attendance at A.A., N.A., etc. is not applicable toward work experience.
- Documentation of thirty (30) hours of continuing education is required annually.
- Education must be related to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks within each performance domain.
- A minimum of 22.5 hours must be attained in classroom setting. Only 25% of all continuing education hours can be met by home study courses.
- A maximum of six (6) hours in-service training is acceptable.
- The application for ISAS renewal must include copies of all Clinical Supervision documented on the Clinical Supervision Sheet.