LCDC II, LCDC III, LICDC Requirements

The Board no longer accepts paper applications. All applications must be completed online. 

Online applications are reviewed in the order of “date submitted”.  The review process can take up to 40 business days from the date of receipt due to the vast number of applications we receive.

Fresh Start 2019 - Please see the Board's Position Statement on Disqualifying Criminal Convictions

Continuing Education:  Applicants applying for a Treatment credential must complete courses that are approved by the Board’s CEU approval process or another authorized CE entity. The education provider must reference the name and approval number for the formal approval body on the CE certificates.  College or University courses may also be used to meet the education requirements but do not need to be pre-approved by the Board or another authorized entity. 

 

ONLINE APPLICATIONS

 

To apply for a certificate, license or endorsement with the Board:

  1. Navigate to the e-License Portal. The e-License Portal is most compatible with Google Chrome or the latest version of other internet browsers.
  2. Register/Login to your Dashboard and select the "Apply for a New License" link.
  3. You will be required to upload and attach all required forms. (PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ/VIEW ALL OF THE MATERIAL THOROUGHLY.)
  4. You will be required to pay the $50 application fee ($35 if you are converting from an LCDC II or an OCPS to a higher license/certificate).
  5. Official Transcripts are required and may be sent to the Transcripts Only E-mail TRANSCRIPTS ONLY E-Mail:  transcripts@ocdp.ohio.gov or by mail. 
  6. It can take up to 40 business days to process applications. 
  7. Please monitor your email account for any communication from the Board asking for additional information needed to complete the processing of your application.
  8. When your license or certificate is awarded make sure you download and print your certificate from your elicense portal. Licenses/Certificates are NOT mailed.  They are provided at the time of approval for download at no cost. Additional certificates after that time must be requested from your portal dashboard as duplicates for a fee.

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR REQUIREMENTS/FORMS

LCDC II REQUIREMENTS/FORMS

  • A minimum of an Associate's degree in a behavioral science, Nursing OR a Bachelor's or higher degree in any field
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related work experience (compensated work or supervised internship)
  • A job description identifying clinical functions signed by your Clinical Supervisor
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency specific education grid in the 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
  • Completion of online application

LCDC III REQUIREMENTS/FORMS

  •  A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or nursing
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related work experience (compensated work or supervised internship)
  • A job description identifying clinical functions signed by your Clinical Supervisor
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency specific education grid in the 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
  • Completion of online application

LICDC REQUIREMENTS/FORMS

  • A minimum of a Master's degree or higher in a behavioral science with documentation of coursework in ten specific content areas
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related work experience (compensated work or supervised internship)
  • A job description identifying clinical functions signed by your Clinical Supervisor
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency specific education grid in the 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
  • Completion of online application
If using college education: One semester hour = 15 clock hours or One quarter hour = 10 clock hours.
OHIO WORK EXPERIENCE - The required CD Work Experience hours for Ohio Applicants must be submitted by Supervisors through Elicense (See Reporting of Supervision ONLINE under the Certification and Licensure link)
Additionally, LICDC must also complete:
 
OUT OF STATE WORK EXPERIENCE - Verification of Clinical Work performed Out of State must be documented by valid clinical supervisors on the following forms.    
Supervisor Reference Form (for Out of State Applicants Only) 
Practical Experience Verification Form  (for Out of State Applicants Only)