International Certified Gambling Counselor-II (ICGC-II) Certification

The following is an outline of the requirements for certification as an International Certified Gambling Counselor-II (ICGC-II):

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the behavioral health field such as license or certification in a recognized behavioral health field (i.e. psychology, addictions, clinical social work).
  • 60 hours (ICGC-II) of gambling specific training and education. 
  • 2,000* hours (ICGC-II) clinical experience treating individuals with a gambling disorder and/or family members in an approved setting with a minimum number of 24 hours of sessions with an International Gambling Counselor Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC). * BACC consultation requires a contractual agreement that may also have fees associated.
  • Consents and evaluations from two co-workers, completed in our Certemy certification software. 
  • Consent and evaluation from on-site clinical supervisor, completed in our Certemy certification software. 
  • Consent and evaluation from Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC), completed in our Certemy certification software. 
  • Complete application, ethical statement and directory authorization forms in our Certemy certification software. 
  • Passing score on Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors.
  • Payment of $200 via credit card.

Education & Training:

A minimum of 60 hours of IGCCB-approved gambling specific training or education must be completed with appropriate supporting documentation as defined by the IGCCB. The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent (as assessed by the IGCCB) in behavioral health field (e.g., license or certificate in psychology, sociology, chemical dependency, counseling, social work, etc.) to meet the behavioral education requirement for certification.

Direct Contact Hours:

Minimum of 2,000 hours (or one-year full time equivalent) as a gambling counselor delivering direct treatment to individuals with a problematic or disordered gambling and significant others, in a Board approved setting with an IGCCB Approved Clinical Consultant. This can be fulfilled by 50%- or 1,000-hours volunteer work experience, the balance being paid experience.

Case Consultation Criteria:

Minimum guidelines for approved consultation should include at least 24 hours of clinical consultation. IGCCB clinical consultation maybe done in person, by phone, by email, or as arranged between supervisor and applicant. Applicant may present properly documented past clinical work with individuals with a gambling disorder and their family members for consideration by the IGCCB approved clinical consultant, and if accepted by the BACC (Board approved clinical consultant) and the IGCCB, these hours may be credited toward the 2,000 experiential hours required for ICGC-II. These should include a minimum caseload as agreed to with the BACC. Clinical Consultant guidelines will include reporting forms, case presentation guidelines, and suggested minimum caseloads.


  • Direct contact hours provided to individuals with individuals with a gambling disorder and significant others are defined as:
    • Face to face clock hours with gambling clients.
    • Face to face clock hours with individuals with a gambling disorder and/or their families.
    • All hours of documentation or consultation for gambling clients or family member to: 
    1. Client chart
    2. E.A.P./employer
    3. Counselor supervisor
    4. Referral agents/other mental health workers court/parole/probation officers
    • Any lengthy telephone interventions (30 min. or more, documented).
    • Assessments of clients for a gambling problem.
    • Preparation of discharge summaries, evaluations and/or aftercare plans for other agencies or care providers.
    • Review of disordered gambling cases to medical or clinical director.
    • Case management services to managed care providers or utilization review for gambling cases.
    • Psycho-educational sessions for gamblers or their family members.
    • Treatment planning sessions with the treatment team.

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