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Exam Information

Exam Information

All applicants are required to pass the IC&RC examination to become certified as a prevention specialist. Exams are administered by computer-based testing (CBT) at various partner testing centers across the state.

Once you have met all prior application requirements of the TCB, you will be pre-registered for testing, where you will receive an e-mail with further instructions on scheduling your exam and selecting your preferred date, time and location. Once your selections have been made, you will receive a Candidate Admission Letter via email.

Note: you will have (1) year from the date of pre-registration to schedule and complete your examination.


Exam Preparation


For Prevention Specialists

  • IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist Candidate Guide, Exam Info and Practice Exams

    • IC&RC has developed a CPS candidate guide to provide candidates with guidance for the IC&RC examination process. Candidate guides provide background information on the examination development and administration process. They also contain exam content guidelines, sample questions, and examination reference lists.

    • To help you prepare for your exam, IC&RC has included helpful information about practice exams and endorsed study guides on their website. For more information about IC&RC exam preparation.

    • Click here for IC&RC Candidate Guides, Practice Exams and Study Guides

  • Online Study Prep

    • The Tennessee Department of Mental Heath and Substance Abuse Services / Division of Substance Abuse Services, has developed an IC&RC Prevention Specialist Exam Online Preparation Course with different training modules to help you prepare for the examination. You’ll need to create a login for the online training portal to get started. For more information, or to get started, visit:

  • Rhode Island Prevention Specialist Certification: Study Guide for the Certification Exam

    • This 91 page free manual was developed by the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center with the assistance of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) for those preparing for their Prevention Specialist Examination. While the guide was specifically developed for use by those seeking certification in Rhode Island, the Prevention Specialist Examination is a international examination making this guide applicable to anyone preparing for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist Exam. The first half of the guide summarizes key concepts and strategies, while the remainder of the Guide is comprised of practice activities including over 50 sample questions similar in format and level of difficulty to those on the exam.

    • Click here to download the Rhode Island Prevention Specialist Certification: Study Guide for the Certification Exam