The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) is an international credentialing organization in the field of prevention. Since 1981, the IC&RC has protected the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals.

IC&RC At A Glance

  • Offers 8 different certifications in prevention, treatment and recovery.
  • Provides standards and examinations to 78 certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 48 states and territories, 5 Native American Regions and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • More than 50,000 individuals hold IC&RC certifications across various disciplines.

Certification Committee

COPA is recognized by IC&RC as the governing body for certification of Peer and Family Specialists and Prevention Specialists working in behavioral health in Colorado. The Certification Committees (Committees) are subcommittees of COPA that approve certification for trained CPFS. The Committee reviews training, continuing education, supervision, and work experience; facilitates examinations and promotes reciprocity with other jurisdictions.


IC&RC establishes international standards and facilitates reciprocity for the credentialing of CPFS professionals. In accordance with IC&RC standards, as a subcommittee of COPA, the Committee shall act in accordance with COPA governing documents, and IC&RC requirements in all matters relating to certification. The COPA Executive Director has the authority to establish policies, procedures, and standards to be approved by the COPA Executive Committee.

COPA Board Members and Leadership are prohibited from sitting on either Certification Committee.

CPFS Committee Policy & Procedures

CPFS and CPS Committee Meeting Times

The Certification Committees meet monthly to review applications and professionals. All completed applications must be submitted no later than 10 days before the committee meeting to be considered for review.

CPFS: Meeting Times:

  • January 23rd, 2023
  • February 20th, 2023
  • March 20th, 2023
  • April 17th, 2023
  • May 15th, 2023
  • June 19th, 2023
  • July 17th, 2023
  • August 21st, 2023
  • September 18th, 2023
  • October 16th, 2023
  • November 20th, 2023
  • December 18th, 2023

CPS: Meeting Times:

  • January 10th, 2023
  • February 14th, 2023
  • March 14th, 2023
  • April 11th, 2023
  • May 9th, 2023
  • June 13th, 2023
  • July 11th, 2023
  • August 8th, 2023
  • September 12th, 2023
  • October 10th, 2023
  • November 14th, 2023
  • December 12th, 2023