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Individuals interested in becoming certified or licensed with the Chemical Dependency Professionals Board must complete and submit an appropriate formal application. The formal application contains all documentation and reference forms necessary to be certified/licensed at a particular level.

The formal application is retained by the OCDP Board and is reviewed and approved before a candidate is scheduled for the examination. It can take up to 30 days for an application to be reviewed. Once a candidate's application is approved they can schedule for the appropriate examination. All examinations offered by the Board are computer based and available at a number of regional sites throughout Ohio and our border states.

Fees associated with the credentialing process include application fees and examination fees. Application fees must be submitted at the time of application. Examination fees must be submitted prior to the scheduling of any examination. All fees submitted to the Board are non-refundable. Fees are as follows:

Formal Application Fees
Formal Application Fees
$50.00
Conversion Application Fees
$35.00
Examination Fees $150.00

REQUIREMENTS FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELORS

CDCA: Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

Phase I:

  • Forty (40) hours of chemical dependency specific education in the following areas:
    • Addiction Knowledge (5 hours)
    • Treatment Knowledge (9 hours)
    • Professionalism (6 hours)
    • Evaluation (3 hours)
    • Service Coordination (4 hours)
    • Documentation (3 hours)
    • Individual Counseling (5 hours)
    • Group Counseling (5 hours)
  • CDCA: Phase I Application & Checklist
  • Definitions of Content Areas
  • CDCA Education Packages

    Phase II:

  • Hold a Phase I of CDCA for at least 10 months
  • Thirty (30) hours of chemical dependency specific education (completed after obtaining CDCA Phase I status) in the following areas:
    • Addiction Knowledge (5 hours)
    • Treatment Knowledge (3 hours)
    • Professionalism (3 hours)
    • Evaluation (3 hours)
    • Service Coordination (3 hours)
    • Documentation (3 hours)
    • Individual Counseling (5 hours)
    • Group Counseling (5 hours)
  • CDCA: Phase II Application & Checklist
  • Definitions of Content Areas

LCDC II: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II

  • An Associate's degree in a behavioral science or nursing OR a Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • Successful completion of the ADC examination or completion of Examination Waiver Form.
  • LCDC II Application & Checklist

LCDC III: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or nursing.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • Successful completion of the ADC examination or completion of Examination Waiver Form.
  • LCDC III Application & Checklist
  • Conversion Application and Checklist

LICDC: Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

  • A minimum of a Master's degree in a behavioral science with documentation of coursework in ten specific content areas.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • Successful completion of the ADC examination or completion of Examination Waiver Form.
  • LICDC Application & Checklist
  • Conversion Application and Checklist

LICDC-CS: Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-Clinical Supervisor

  • A minimum of a Master's degree in a behavioral science with documentation of coursework in ten specific content areas.
  • Two years (4,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • One additional year (2,000 hours) of work experience as a clinical supervisor of chemical dependency counseling services.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • 30 hours of clinical supervisory education in
  • Successful completion of the ADC & CS examinations or completion of Examination Waiver Form.
  • LICDC-CS Application & Checklist
  • Conversion Application and Checklist
 
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