Chapter 4758-4 Application for Licensure or Certification
(A) All applicants for initial licensure or certification as a chemical dependency counselor assistant, licensed chemical dependency counselor II, licensed chemical dependency counselor III, licensed independent chemical dependency counselor, licensed independent chemical dependency counselor clinical supervisor, registered applicant, Ohio prevention specialist assistant, Ohio prevention specialist I or Ohio prevention specialist II shall file with the executive director of the board a written application, signed and duly notarized, on a form prescribed by the board.
(1) The formal application packet contains all documentation and reference forms necessary to be credentialed at a particular level and consists of, at a minimum, the following:
(a) Formal application.
(b) Documentation of hours of volunteer or paid work experience. This includes related position descriptions that are signed by the supervisor.
(c) Documentation of required levels of education and training. This includes a copy of the transcript(s) of courses taken, certificates of attendance at appropriate workshops, and letters of participation.
(d) Verification of applicant's required practical experience hours. This includes submission of the form that verifies the accomplishment of the required practical experience.
(e) The required non-refundable fee.
(f) Documentation of felony charges or convictions.
(i) Felony charges or convictions shall be reviewed by the board before the application process can proceed.
(ii) Factors upon which review of these charges or convictions will be based may include:
(a) The nature of the charge or conviction.
(b) The time lapse since the charge or conviction.
(c) The related circumstances, including active addiction.
(d) The documented changes in the applicant's life since the charge or conviction.
(e) Any additional information as requested from the applicant including a complete criminal background check.
(iii) Applicants will not be considered if:
(a) Currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.
(b) Currently on probation or parole.
(c) Offense was drug or alcohol related and occurred less than one year ago.
(2) The board shall review the formal application packet. As a result of this review, the board shall notify the applicant of one of the following:
(a) An approval of a certification or license,
(b) An approval to schedule for examination(s),
(c) The need for additional documentation, or
(d) Proposed denial of the application.
(1) Written examinations are issued on an international basis and test required knowledge and skills. The board shall provide for the administration of the examinations in the state of Ohio.
(2) Exams are scored by an outside testing company approved by the board.
(a) Score reports are sent to the candidates by the board.
(b) Scores are broken down by categories indicating areas of strength and weakness.
(3) Upon fulfillment of the required eligibility requirements and completion of the appropriate process, as outlined in this rule, the board will notify applicants of scheduling procedures and other relevant information. Applicants are required to take the examination within one year from the date of approval of the formal application.
(4) Individuals with disabilities and/or religious obligations that require modifications to the test administration may make a written request for modification to the board no fewer than forty-five days prior to the scheduled test date. The candidate shall provide documentation of the disability from a health care professional or documentation of the religious issue upon written request.
(5) The IC&RC alcohol and drug counselor (ACD) examination is available in Spanish . Candidates may contact the board for information related to taking the examination in Spanish .
(C) Conversion applications:
(1) Individuals who hold a valid license or certificate with the board may convert their credential to a higher level, when applicable, by completing the appropriate conversion application.
(a) Licensees or certificate holders shall fulfill all eligibility requirements for the level to which they are applying. These requirements shall be documented according to the procedures outlined in the conversion application packet.
(A) A licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC) seeking to transition to a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor-clinical supervisor (LICDC-CS) shall hold, on the effective date of this rule, a license to practice as a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC).
(B) Individuals holding a LICDC credential on the effective date of this rule shall be automatically transitioned by the board to the LICDC-CS credential. Printed credentials showing the LICDC-CS designation shall be issued at the time of renewal.
(C) An individual's printed credential showing the LICDC-CS designation may be issued prior to renewal by submitting the following:
(1) A written request asking that the requesting individual's printed credential showing the LICDC-CS designation be issued prior to renewal;
(2) The required non-refundable fee.
The board may administer examinations for individuals seeking to be substance abuse professionals (SAP) in a U.S. department of transportation drug and alcohol testing program provided individuals meet the following requirements:
(A) Be one of the following:
(1) An independent chemical dependency counselor-clinical supervisor, independent chemical dependency counselor, chemical dependency counselor III, chemical dependency counselor II licensed under Chapter 4758. of the Revised Code and are certified as an alcohol and drug counselor by the international certification and reciprocity consortium (IC&RC), the national association of alcoholism and drug abuse counselors certification commission (NAADAC), or by the national board of certified counselors incorporated and affiliates/master addictions counselor (NBCC);
(2) An individual authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery;
(3) A psychologist licensed under Chapter 4732. of the Revised Code;
(4) An independent social worker, a social worker, an independent marriage and family therapist, or a marriage and family therapist licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revise Code;
(5) A licensed or certified employee assistance professional.
(B) Completion of qualification training which shall include the nine required components listed in 49 C.F.R. 40.281(c)(1)(2012). The nine required components are:
(1) Background, rationale, and coverage of the U.S. department of transportation's drug and alcohol testing program;
(2) 49 CFR Part 40 and U.S. department of transportation (DOT) agency drug and alcohol testing rules;
(3) Key DOT drug testing requirements, including collections, laboratory testing, MRO review, and problems in drug testing;
(4) Key DOT alcohol testing requirements, including the testing process, the role of BATs and STTs, an problems in alcohol tests;
(5) SAP qualifications and prohibitions;
(6) The role of the SAP in the return-to-duty process, including the initial employee evaluation, referrals for education and/or treatment, the follow-up evaluation, continuing treatment recommendations, and the follow-up testing plan;
(7) SAP consultation and communication with employers, MROs, and treatment providers;
(8) Reporting and recordkeeping requirements;
(9) Issues that SAPs confront in carrying out their duties under the program.
(C) Submit application and required non-refundable fee.
(D) Once application is approved the board will administer the IC&RC SAP examination.