You can pursue certification as an alcohol and drug counselor with a high school degree, but many professionals with an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in a related area seek out certification to expand their employment opportunities.
The eligibility requirements* for CAAC or CADC typically include:
- Approved education hours
- Supervision or practicum hours
- Supervised work experience
- Passing score on the IC&RC Examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors
[*The number of hours varies by state, desired certification, and student's level of education.]
Please note that completion of the courses in Widener's alcohol and drug counseling certificate program does not meet the full requirements for Pennsylvania and New Jersey certifications. Students will need to complete supervised practicum hours and pass the certification examination.
Please visit the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) and the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey websites to view the most up-to-date information for becoming a certified alcohol and drug counselor.
It is the responsibility of the student to check the requirements for the specific state certification they are interested in. Depending on the state, classes taken online may be subject to additional certification restrictions by state and eligibility should be confirmed prior to enrollment.