In 1984 the International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC) program was developed to promote a competency-based certification program for professionals treating problem and pathological gamblers and their families. The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) oversees the credential. IGCCB contracts with the National Council on Problem Gambling to administer this program.


There are two levels of certification, ICGC-I and ICGC-II. Counselors must demonstrate a specific number of hours in gambling-specific training, clinical experience treating gamblers, and successful completion of the Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors. A third designation, BACC, denotes ICGC-II counselors who have acquired sufficient training, clinical experience, and supervision skills and are approved to provide supervision to ICGC applicants.


Application processing during COVID-19 pandemic


For faster processing of your applications, please scan your completed and signed application form and required documentation into a PDF file. Send the completed application PDF via email to . Please enter the examination and testing window in subject line, and provide your full name, address, and phone number within the email.


Application forms are included in the Handbook for Candidates listed below.


For Examination Dates, Application deadlines, Eligibility requirements, and Fees, please click on the examination link below.