FDAP 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 FDAP bring their expertise as the professional body and membership organisation for the sector.

FDAP/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:

This certification is offered at registration level and its duration is 3 years. Practitioner's 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 by FDAP 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.

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 SFHAD5
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


How to apply

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

2 Fill out the  application form.

4 Make sure you provide a Workplace Assessment Report for each of the 9 units.

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

6 Make a payment


Individual or associate FDAP 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.


An 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 [email protected]