Addiction Professionals and Adfam have a jointly developed competence-based certification for practitioners supporting families affected by alcohol and other drugs. Adfam brings years of experience of working with families and Addiction Professionals bring their expertise as the professional body and membership organisation for the sector.

Addiction Professionals/Adfam Drug and Alcohol Family Worker Professional Certification is specifically designed for practitioners working with families affected by alcohol and other drugs use, and outlines a unique role profile. It provides practitioners with a number of benefits:

  • A professional competency-based certification mapped to National Occupational Standards (NOS).
  • A role profile and commitment to the Addiction Professionals Standards of Conduct and Ethics.  


To aquire registration, practitioners' employers assess their competence in each of the NOS units outlined in the role profile. Practitioners will be required to develop a portfolio of proof of competence which may be asked for as part of random sampling and which will allow them to demonstrate continued professional development in order to become re-accredited at the end of the 3 years.


To become accredited practitioners are required to have an independently validated educational level 3 qualification (or higher) relevant to the field. This is often an NVQ in Health and Social Care or a Diploma in Adult Care. To be accredited practitioners need to have their competence confirmed in the 9 units of the role profile. Depending on the level 3 qualification taken, many of these competences may already have been evidenced in their qualification.

Role profile

  NOS Unit  Nos code
1 Promote effective communication and information sharing SCDCPC311
2 Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace SFHSS03

Reflect on, develop and maintain your practice (young people)


Reflect on, develop and maintain your practice


4 Develop practices which promote choice, well-being and protection of all individuals ASTH416
5 Contribute to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults CCSCCS17
6 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users SFHAB5
7 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects SFHAD1
8 Work with families, carers and individuals during times of relapse or crisis SFHMH13

Assess the needs of carers and families


Easy access for those with existing professional qualifications

Those with relevant qualifications at a higher educational level such as social workers, nurses and other professionals only need to evidence alcohol and other drugs specific NOS to attain the Drug and Alcohol Professional Certificate Accreditation. For more information.

How to apply

1 Make sure that you have Practitioner Membership or Advanced Practitioner Membership. This can be as an individual, or as an associate member of an organisation affiliated to Addiction Professionals.

2 Fill out the application form.

4 Make sure you provide a Workplace Assessment Report.

5 Make sure you have included a Senior Manager Approval Form with your Workplace assessment report.

6 Make a payment


Individual or associate AP Member?
Application form completed?
Workplace Assessment Reports completed?
Senior Manager Approval Form completed?
Payment made?

When making applications please ensure the following steps have been taken. We will respond to applications within 10 working days.


Certification is valid for three years. To be eligible for re-certification, a practitioner must provide up-to-date evidence of their on-going competence in the units concerned.


£75 Certification for 3 years.

SPECIAL OFFER  1 year's free Addiction Professionals membership for those who apply for the Drug and Alcohol Professional Certificate. NB applications must submit their application for the certificate within 3 months of joining. 

To apply