Completing The Examination Process

Step One

File an Application for licensure/certification and have this application approved. The Board will email you once approved.

Step Two

Once the application is approved, login to the eLicense Portal and pay the $150.00 examination fee.  The Board will pre-register you for the examination and you will receive a username and password via email from the examination provider.

Step Three

Log in to the examination registration system using your assigned username and password and schedule a date, time and location of your choosing for the examination.

Usernames and passwords are only valid for a six month period, so it is important that applicants schedule and take their examination in a timely fashion. Applicants are encouraged to choose their exam date wisely. Fees will be assessed if the applicant reschedules or cancels their examination. Please read the Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy below for further details.

Step Four

Take the examination at your scheduled date, time and location.
Applicants are given 3 hours to complete the examination. Preliminary results of the examination are available to applicants upon completion of the exam and official results are sent to applicants 1-2 weeks following the exam.

Applicants who fail the examination may reschedule the examination by paying another examination fee but will be required to wait 90 days before they are permitted to re-test.


All examinations offered by the Board are computer based and available at a number of regional sites throughout Ohio and our border states. Most exam sites are open Monday - Saturday. For a complete list of computer based testing sites please visit:


If an applicant needs to cancel or reschedule an examination they must contact the Board and pay the appropriate cancellation or rescheduling fees. Applicants who cancel or reschedule an exam at least five days before the exam will be assessed a $25 cancellation/rescheduling fee. Applicants who cancel or reschedule an exam less than five days prior to the exam will forfeit their examination fee.


Individuals who hold a license with an Ohio Board (with a scope to provide AOD services) that is comparable to the license they wish to apply for with the Chemical Dependency Board, may request a waiver of the examination process by completing an EXAMINATION WAIVER FORM and submitting it with a formal application for licensure. A copy of the license must also be provided with the application.

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