Certification Standards for Gambling Disorder Professionals

In 1984 the International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC) program was developed to promote a competency-based certification program for professionals treating problem and pathological gamblers and their families.  The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) oversees the credential.  IGCCB contracts with the National Council on Problem Gambling to administer this program.

There are two levels of certification, ICGC-I and ICGC-II. Counselors must demonstrate a specific number of hours in gambling-specific training, clinical experience treating gamblers, and successful completion of the Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors. A third designation, BACC, denotes ICGC-II counselors who have acquired sufficient training, clinical experience, and supervision skills and are approved to provide supervision to ICGC applicants. More information about the ICGC application is below.

In 2015 the IGCCB introduced the International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist Certificate (ICOGS). This new certificate aims to increase the capacity of substance use and mental health treatment programs and counselors to address gambling problems in their clients. The  ICOGS is specifically designed to be relevant to counselors working with clients with primary substance use and mental health disorders who have co-occurring gambling problems. More information about the ICOGS application process is below.

Requirements and Application

Download the complete Certification Criteria Instructions Packet – updated with information about the International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist Competency Credential (ICOGS).

To be submitted by APPLICANT

To be submitted by PEERS

To be submitted by CLINICAL SUPERVISOR – Clinical Supervisor Qualifications


To be submitted by EMPLOYER

  • Confirmation of employment letter

*Applicants are required to obtain clinical experience treating gamblers and/or family members (100 hours for ICGC-I; 2,000 hours for ICGC-II) in an approved setting with a minimum number of sessions with a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). Minimum guidelines for approved supervision/consultation should include at least 4 one hour sessions (ICGC-I) or 2 one hour sessions per month for a period of two years totaling 24 hours (ICGC-II). BACC consultation may be done in person, by phone, by email, or as arranged between BACC and applicant. Applicant may present properly documented past clinical work with gamblers and their family members for consideration by the BACC, and if accepted these hours may be credited toward the 100/ 2,000 experiential hours required for ICGC-I/ICGC-II. These should include a minimum current reviewed caseload as agreed to with the BACC. Applicants are responsible for contacting and making necessary arrangements to work with a BACC.

Need a BACC or Clinical Supervision?

A list of BACC can be found here.

Some State Councils hold regular supervision calls with a BACC. Does your council hold a supervision call? Tell us!

New York Council holds weekly calls – details here


Passing score of the International Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors is required. A copy of your examination score report must be submitted to the IGCCB office with your application. Details of registration location and dates for the examination can be found by contacting:

Professional Testing Corporation (PTC)
1350 Broadway, 17
th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 356-0660

For additional information and a study guide, download a copy of the Examination booklet.
Any questions about the examination should be directed to Professional Testing Corporation.
The examination fee is $210 (for NAADAC and NCPG Members) and $310 (for non-members).

Not a NCPG member? Join now! NCPG Membership Information. Contact ncpg@ncpgambling.org or 202-547-9204.

The following are upcoming testing dates and deadlines:

Application Deadline

Testing Window

March 15, 2019 April 13 – 27, 2019
July 22, 2019 August 17 – 31, 2019
November 7, 2019 December 7 – 21, 2019


Counselors must recertify every three years. To recertify, counselors must send the following documentation to IGCCB by the expiration date.

  • ICGC Recert Form R.1
  • Directory Authorization Update Form R.2
  • Documentation of 60 hours of approved non-repetitive continuing education, 30 of these hours must be gambling specific approved hours. The remaining 30 hours (nonspecific) can be obtained through a variety of methods including: college courses, conferences, seminars, training programs, etc. in the behavioral health field. All of the continuing education and training requirements must be new and non-repetitive,  and must also be related to counselor competency areas as listed in the appropriate section.
  • Recertification Fee of $130
  • The following late fees will be charged for recertifications:
    • 91 days to 1 year late – $75
    • 1 year to 2 years late – $100
    • 2 years to 3 years late – $150
    • 3 + years late – $300
Need Gambling CEUs?

IGCCB accepts CEUs from NCPG approved providers. Check out the list of approved providers and find a new online training or an event near you!  You can also view upcoming affiliate and other events on the NCPG Training Calendar.


Please forward any questions on becoming an ICGC to Certification Administrator at certification@ncpgambling.org or 202-547-9204 or to IGCCB President Lori Rugle at lrugle@hotmail.com

Any written correspondences should be mailed to:

730 11th St, NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20001