About ECB

The European Certification Board is set up in cooperation between European countries in order to coordinate requirements for education, work experience and testing of addictions counselors, prevention specialists, and clinical supervisors.

Important questions:

  • To protect the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of prevention and addiction related professionals.
  • To ensure basic educational requirements and supervised work experience for professionals working in the prevention and addiction fields.
  • We need the Diploma from the European Certification Board to be acknowledged as a fulfilment of educational requirement. We need to agree on the requirements involved in obtaining this Diploma, which should be the same in all the participating countries. We also need to be able to support working counselors all over Europe as our abilities increase with time, preferably by offering them continuous training and workshops.
  • We are all a part of a European community and can freely move between countries and work in different places. Therefore, it is helpful to set up a system enabling us to communicate and cooperate. Eight European countries have already decided to become members of the European Certification Board. The larger our community becomes, the stronger it will be. We need professional people to solve dire needs within our communities and we need to ensure professionalism, skills, and competence.
  • To become a part of a European community of professionals.
  • To ensure that counseling and prevention in the participating countries meet set standards for the education and training of addiction and prevention professionals.
  • Such certification would enable counselors and prevention specialists to be mobile between those countries having decided to honor the certifications.
  • Addiction has one of the highest mortality rates in many European countries.
  • Food addiction is a growing concern for health care professionals all over the world, especially in Western countries.
  • We need prevention to minimize the cost of addictions, social and health problems
  • Addiction counselors and prevention specialists must therefore be well educated and trained professionals.


ECB approves number of education and examinations from schools that fulfil the requriemants of knowledge and skills required for certification by ECB. Schools are welcome to apply for approval.



ECB certifies addictions counselors, prevention specialists, and clinical supervisors. Applicants for certification must meet defined criteria regarding knowledge and work experience as well as approving the Ethical Standards of ECB.



Those having been certified by the ECB are required to renew their certification every two years in order to show that they have been active in their profession and have acquired new knowledge. The ECB organizes and/or supports courses and workshops that can expand the knowledge and improve the skills of those working in prevention and counseling.