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 entity.   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.The education provider must reference the approval body on the CE certificates.

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. If you are required to send a transcript please send to the TRANSCRIPTS ONLY E-Mail:  transcripts@ocdp.ohio.gov or by mail. 
  6. It can take up to 40 business days to process applications. 

LCDC II REQUIREMENTS/FORMS

  • A minimum of 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 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

CD Education Grid
CD Education Definitions Page
Examination Waiver Form
Practical Experience Verification Form
Reciprocal Certificate Form
Supervisor Reference Form

Additionally, LICDC must also complete:

Master's Degree Grid
Master's Degree Content Areas Definition Page