How can I get certified?

Certification is a 3-step process that involves application for certification, testing, and on-going maintenance.  Please review the certification process section of our website for detailed information.

How can I transfer my credential to another state?

The FCB is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).  Individuals holding IC&RC certification at the CAC, CAP, CPP, or CPS levels may transfer their credentials to other IC&RC member boards.  The IC&RC does not allow member boards to post the reciprocity application on-line.  Please contact the FCB directly for reciprocity directions and the application.

How do I know if someone is considered a qualified supervisor?

Each FCB credential requires the applicant to document on-the-job supervision by a qualified supervisor.  For certification purposes, not all supervisors are created equal.  Within each application are specific definitions of “who” is eligible to provide on-the-job supervision for certification purposes.  For example, the CAP application defines a qualified supervisor as an individual licensed by the state or holding a CAP credential.  The BHT application defines a qualified supervisor as the individual documented by the employer as responsible for staff supervision.  Please carefully read the On-the-Job Supervision section of the application for the definition of “who” can provide on-the-job supervision for certification purposes.

How do I know what training topics can fall under specific performance domains?

Each FCB credential requires the applicant to document a specified amount of content-specific training per performance domain.  Eligible training content must be directly related to the core competencies identified for the performance domain. Each FCB application for certification includes a table of suggested training topics that would be accepted under each performance domain; however, this is not a comprehensive list.

Please carefully read the Suggested Training Topics section of the application. If you are not sure where to place a training event, please contact the FCB for additional direction.

What does FCB consider to be an acceptable criminal history?

The FCB requires certification applicants to have a clean criminal history prior to applying for certification.  A clean criminal history is defined as “no felony charges” and “release from any court-ordered sanctions or supervision in the three years prior to application.”  Sometimes, an individual’s background is “technically clean” (beyond the required three years post-supervision or sanctions); however, if the past criminal history identifies crimes against persons, including child abuse, the FCB reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant for review and action by the Board. Please review our Criminal History Policy for additional information.

Individuals who wish to have a criminal background report evaluated by the FCB prior to applying for certification may use the Exemption Review Process to determine if the individual’s background may prevent or delay eligibility for certification.

Is the BHT credential for substance abuse or mental health technicians?

The BHT credential is for individuals working in either substance abuse or mental health treatment facilities and programs.  Many individuals working in a mental health system are called Mental Health Technicians (MHT).  The BHT credential is the correct credential for applicants regardless of treatment setting.

What do I do if my credential lapses?

FCB uses the term “inactive” to identify the status of a credential that was not renewed. Certified professionals may allow their credential to be inactive for a maximum of 3 years.  Please carefully review the Reinstatement Policy for information on how to reinstate an inactive (lapsed) credential.