​Certification Criteria

 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 (www.ptcny.com/clients/IGCCB) (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)

Gambling Addiction Prevention / Education / Awareness
and Spiritual Outreach Care

The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) provides a process for recognizing and certifying clergy and other faith-based workers who are proficient in gambling addiction prevention, education, awareness, and supportive outreach, non-clinical care. With specialized training leading to national certification, knowledgeable clergy/faith-based workers, can offer guidance, educational materials, support, hope, spiritual care, and other resources, and help lead people to certified gambling counselors and recovery support groups.

The IGCCB Clergy / Lay Ministers Certification is designed to provide basic knowledge about gambling addiction and treatment and recovery resources, to enhance the clergy person’s skills at recognizing compulsive gambling, and to provide information for the gambler’s family on dealing with their loved one’s addiction.

A new program in 2014, the initial Clergy/Lay Minister Training was implemented in New Jersey by the American Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board. With the 2016 merger of the International and American Boards, the Clergy/Lay Minister Certification (Non-Clinical) is now included with the new merged Board. Training are currently in progress in Kentucky.

Certification fees have been waived through 6/30/18 (with only a $50 Administrative Fee to be paid); and those wishing to enter the process are encouraged to enroll during the present year.

The specialized 24 Hour Training for Clergy and Lay Ministers leads to IGCCB Certification

For more information on the Training Schedules and Registration, contact the following:

International Gambling Counselor Certification Board through Jeff Beck, ICGC-II at Jbeck@psych.umaryland.edu or Rev. Janet Jacobs at (812)290-3022 or jjacobs@grmumc.org



The Clergy/Lay Ministers Certification is granted by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board and is of international certification status. This certification is for pastors/clergy/Ordained Deacons and designated religious workers or Lay Ministers who will be trained in both clinical information and spirituality issues, along with parish application.
There is a $50 fee which is the "Administrative Fee" for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board's administering the certification process of the applicant. This includes the instruction, class materials, and any mentoring for the applicant by the instructors. The actual Certification Fee of $185 is being waived through June 30, 2018, for those applicants taking the training sessions (4 Modules) and doing the required project and oral examination (more of an interview as to what the applicant has learned throughout the certification process).

The Re-Certification Fee, payable every three years, is $95 for the Clergy/Lay Ministers Certification. Re-certification requires documentation evidencing completion of 18 hours of gambling-specific CEU hours earned every three years.

The "Clergy/Lay Minister" Certification prepares those working and serving in parish settings to provide, for persons seeking help for problem gambling (directly and/or indirectly affected), initial intervention through education, referral assistance, support group referral and enhancement, and spiritual support (specific to gamblers and their loved ones). All four Modules of the Clergy/Lay Ministers Certification include workable and practical application for parish outreach (and in-reach too). Examples of this parish onsite approach are sermon topics, study groups, devotionals, materials for the parish on addiction and problem gambling, 12 Step information and the practical application of these Steps to Recovery, a "script" for initial contact with a gambler (and/or loved ones of gamblers), workshops, guest speakers for parish programs, etc.
Moreover - and very importantly - this Certification will equip clergy/lay ministers to serve as the best First Responders to persons seeking help for problem gambling. They will be able to provide knowledgeable consultation, be able to adequately refer individuals to Certified Gambling Counselors and Support Groups (specific to gambling issues), and provide (again) knowledgeable outreach and education to persons within (and outside of) the parish. They will, also, be equipped to serve persons in a problem gambling-specific supportive way during the individuals' processing through recovery.
Written by Reverend Janet Jacobs CCGSO  and Jeffrey M. Beck, LPC, ICGC-II, JD, ABD, CART, MCTC


Jeffrey M. Beck, ICGC-II,BACC Jbeck@psych.umaryland.edu
Rev. Janet Jacobs, CCGSO jjacobs@grmumc.org Cell (812) 290-3022
Gambling Addiction Prevention Education, Awareness,
and Outreach Care

Core Curriculum:

• The dynamics and psychology of addiction
• Problem gambling defined and described; pathological gambling defined and described; the scope of problem gambling in American society
• The impact of problem gambling on families; the components of effective support for the loved ones of gamblers
• The financial issues that gamblers and their families/members of the problem face
• The goals of problem gambling treatment; the options for treatment
(Note: the clergy certification process does not train clergy to be therapists; rather, clergy will learn about treatment and what individuals in treatment may encounter as they go through the recovery process.)
• Spirituality and its significant role within the recovery process:
the spiritual issues commonly encountered by disordered gamblers and their loved ones
• The unique role of certified clergy within the recovery care process
• Problem gambling support groups: GA; Gam-Anon; Celebrate Recovery; others


Certification Requirements

Certification Training and Continuing Education

The required 24 hour core level training will assist clergy persons in meeting the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) Clergy Certification professional requirements. The program’s emphasis targets (1) early intervention through prevention education, (2) awareness-outreach, (3) informed, supportive consultation to accompany referral care, (4) spiritual care and (5) recovery support.

The IGCCB Certified Clergy should have the following:

• Documented completion of 24 hours of IGCCB Clergy/Lay Minister Certification Training requirements
• Adherence to a Professional Code of Ethics
• Completion of the Recommended Readings. (See included list of required readings.)
• Attendance to at least one Open Gamblers Anonymous Meeting and one Open Gam-Anon Meeting including written reflections on both experiences
• Successful Completion of Class Project/Paper
• Completion of the Application for Certification and remittance of Administration Fee of
• Passing score on Oral Examination based on the Core Training and Recommended
• Annual Accountability Attestation
• Documented completion of 18 hours of gambling-specific Continuing Education
hours every three years following initial Certification.

The IGCCB Clergy/Lay Minister Certification is designated by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board as one of national/international certification.



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