CLICK HERE to download the complete Certification Criteria & Instructions packet.Updated to include information on the new Gambling as a Co-Occurring Disorder Competency Credential.

Bachelors degree or equivalent in the behavioral health field, such as a license or certification in a recognized behavioral health field (i.e. psychology, addictions, clinical social work, etc.).


30 hours (ICGC-I) of approved gambling specific training and education
100* hours (ICGC-I) clinical experience treating gamblers and/or family members in an approved setting with a minimum number of sessions with a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC)


60 hours (ICGC-II) of gambling specific training and education
2,000* hours (ICGC-II) clinical experience treating gamblers and/or family members 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 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.

  • Signed statements from two co-workers (C1 and C2 forms)
  • Signed statement from on-site clinical supervisor (S1, S2S3 and S.4 forms)
  • Signed statement from Board Approved Clinical Consultant (S5S6S.7 and S.8 forms)
  • Signed application form (A1), ethical statement form (A2),directory authorization form (A3)  and consent to release information(A.4)
  • Passing score on certification Examination for Gambling Counselors ( (no exam required for ICOGS)
  • Confirmation of employment letter on letterhead from current employer
  • Check, money order, or credit card payment in the amount of $185.

Communication, Assessment and Evaluation, Gambling Specific Treatment Planning, Information and Referral, Counseling and Treatment, Professional Ethical Practice.

Below are  individual forms located in the Certification Criteria and Instructions packet.

To be submitted by applicant

To be submitted by peers

 To be submitted by clinical supervisor  - Clinical Supervisor Qualifications

To be submitted by IGCC Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC)


Counselors must be re-certified every three years through evidence 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, non-repetitive and from trainings held after your certification date or most recent re-certification date.

In order to renew please submit the following: 
  • Documentation of continuing education units, (60 for the past three years – 30 of which must be gambling specific)
  • Re-certification fee of $95.00 for three years.
  • Completed A.1 Update Form (Click here to download)
  • Completed A.3 Directory Authorization Form (Click here to download)

In order to keep your certification current, please send all materials prior to your certification expiration date. If you need additional time to obtain CEU’s, kindly notify us in writing and you may be granted a one year extension.

Please send all information to:

International Gambling Counselor Certification Board
730 11th Street, NW Suite 601
Washington D.C. 20001

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