Certified Indigenous Addictions Specialist at level IV – with a specialization in concurrent disorder (CIAS IV – COD)

This new ICBOC certification is for professionals with specialized knowledge and skills in the area of concurrent disorders, which includes a combination of substance use and mental health problems. It is open to ICBOC certified members holding a certification as a Certified Indigenous Addictions Specialist at level III (CIAS III), or to new applicants who fulfill all the standards and requirements of this certification as a prerequisite.

For more information, please click HERE




announcementParticipants at the 7th Gathering of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide will be able to submit 32.5 hours of training for their ICBOC certification/recertification. Verification is mandatory: submission of the HOSW Attendance Declaration form (please contact the ICBOC to request this form) as well as the HOSW official registration receipt.


ICBOC Awards – Looking For Nominations

We are looking for exceptional individuals in your community who have exemplified outstanding personal resilience, courage, determination and professional competence in the face of uncommon hardships (The Phoenix Award).
who have exhibited the pursuit of knowledge and skills in their field that have been exemplary. They have purposefully utilized their knowledge and skills beyond their professional mandate to serve their community and made a difference in the lives of others (The Soaring Eagle Award). Nominees must be certified by the ICBOC.

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Four Directions Problem Gambling And Health Awareness Conference Program Accredited By ICBOC



Vancouver, BC (July 09, 2015) – The Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC) is pleased to announce the accreditation of the training program offered by the FOUR DIRECTIONS Problem Gambling and Health Awareness Conference Program “Honouring Our Past, Protecting our Future Through Holistic Health, Wellness and Recovery Support”.

The Four Directions Conference will take place from September 21 to 24, at the Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC. It will bring together representatives from across the Nations from the United States and Canada, Aboriginal organizations, government programs, treatment centres, and health organizations to share their knowledge, skills and wisdom. The focus of the conference is on maintaining balance through health, wellness and recovery support.

The ICBOC-accredited conference program will offer educational, counselling and traditional workshops around the topic of gambling as well as training on a variety of other addictions and mental wellness topics particularly relevant for those working in their communities as Drug and Alcohol counsellors, mental wellness counsellors, nurses, Band leadership, Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

All the training offered in the pre-conference and main conference programs have been accredited by ICBOC for a total of 29.5 hours. New and renewing ICBOC applicants attending training sessions during this conference will be able to apply the hours towards their certification or re-certification.
To access the conference program, please visit

ICBOC is Canada’s nationally designated body responsible for certifying addictions and wellness specialists serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. The organisation represents a major historical turning point in establishing the official recognition of the special qualifications needed to work as an addictions/wellness practitioner in Aboriginal communities. ICBOC’s services include the accreditation of informal and formal training/education matching its certification standards and requirements. For more information please visit
The BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program offers free, confidential, multilingual services to British Columbians struggling with their own or family member’s gambling and has partnered with Washington’s Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling to bring the Four Directions Conference to Vancouver.

For more information on the Four Directions Conference registration, including special Early Bird rates, featured presenters, conference hotel, events, and exhibitor/sponsor opportunities, please visit the conference website at

Announcing New Certification for Prevention Workers

Are you doing prevention work in your community?  This new FNWACCB certification attest to the knowledge skills and professional integrity you possess in that important field.

This certification is for professionals who are assisting a targeted, at-risk population within communities, showing early signs of a substance use issue or at risk of developing a problem. These approaches reduce risk factors, promote protective factors, limit disability, prevent future addiction issues, and promote community and cultural connections.

The focus of this certification is the reduction of chemical addictions, which is still the priority in the majority of communities, and is centered on individuals, families and special groups (pregnant women, women, the incarcerated, two-spirited, seniors etc…).

Learn more about our new Indigenous Prevention Workers and Specialists in Chemical Addictions here.