Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners
Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP)

FDAP Qualifications: FDAP/Adfam Drug & Alcohol Family Worker Professional Certification



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

FDAP currently provide accreditation for drug and alcohol practitioners and for counsellors.

The new FDAP/Adfam Drug & Alcohol Family Worker Professional Certification is specifically designed for practitioners working with families affected by substance misuse, after consultation with the sector, and the development of a unique role profile. It will provide practitioners with a package of benefits, including:

  • A professional competency-based certification, mapped to National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • A role profile and a code of practice to work to
  • Ongoing support from FDAP and Adfam, including priority invites to events and an e-newsletter

This certification is offered at the registration level. Practitioners will, as a minimum, require their employers to attest to their competence in each of the national occupational standards outlined in the Role Profile. Practitioners will be required to develop a portfolio of proof of competence which may be asked for by FDAP as part of random sampling and which will allow them to demonstrate continued professional development in order to re-accredit at the end of the 3 years.

The units


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.

Professional standards

As well as demonstrating their competence, to be certified as a Drug & Alcohol Family practitioners must also adhere to FDAP's Code of Practice.


 A new introductory offer has been developed for practitioners to include both accreditation and membership.

Initial introductory offer: Certification Costs £75 for three years (including accreditation and one year membership of FDAP)


For more information, please contact FDAP at fdap@smmgp.org.uk

This scheme is open to individual members of FDAP and to employees of affiliated agencies only.

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