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Substance Abuse Counselor - Examinations

Successful completion of the following examinations.  Examinations may be taken after completion of education, before experience is completed.


1) International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) counseling examination

ICRC Study Guide

Exam Preparation

2) Online open-book examination on the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code. (If not have completed in at last 5 years).


The passing score for the Substance Abuse Professional Statutes and Rules exam is 76%. 

The exam content is drawn from applicable state statutes and administrative code chapters specific to the profession. The purpose of the exam is to familiarize yourself with locating the statutes and administrative code that regulate the practice of the profession. Statutes for the State of Wisconsin can be found HERE and the administrative code book for the profession can be found HERE.

The state exam consists of material taken from the following statutes and code chapters:


SPS 164

SPS 165

SPS 166

SPS 167

Chapter 48

Chapter 51

Chapter 146

Chapter 440


Follow these directions to take the statutes and rules exam. You will receive your exam name, password, and applicant ID which you will use as your student ID to take this test after you submit your application.

•  Go to http://exam.drl.wi.gov

•  Select: “ test launching

•  Your instructor is “gsp”

•  If you are unable to access the exam, try again later or refresh your web browser.

•  The exam is un-timed. You may exit and return to the test any time over the next 3 months. Exit by clicking the “X” at the top right hand corner of any screen.

•  Do not click “done” until you are ready to submit the exam. If you accidentally click done before you are ready to submit your exam, just go back in and start again. Your first score will be deleted.

•  Print out a copy of your score report and retain it for your own records.

•  Additional technical or exam content-related questions can be directed to: DSPSCredentialingCSC@wisconsin.gov


To start the exam, you will need to agree to do your own work and not to copy or share this exam with others.

End exam:

Click “done." Your exam will be scored and sent to DSPS, and you can print your feedback report.

Retake exam:

If you fail a completed exam, you will need to download and mail in a retake application and pay a fee. A retake of the same exam will not be counted.

Testing Accommodations Forms
#1907 -  Disability Modification Request Form for Examinations
#2349 – Requests for Modification of Examinations for Persons With Disabilities
#2350 – Professional Verification of Request for Modifications