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 International 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.
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.
For detailed information on becoming a International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC) please click on Certification Criteria.
CERTIFICATION STANDARDS FOR GAMBLING DISORDER PROFESSIONALS