CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR REQUIREMENTS

Individuals must complete and submit an online application, fees and all required documentation to be certified/licensed by the Board. For inatructions on filling out an application please vist the ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS tab.

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.

CDCA: Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Preliminary Temporary Credentional 

CDCA: Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and hold a High School Diploma or GED
  • 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 required content areas
  • Completion of online application

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 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 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
  • Completion of online application

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 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 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
  • Completion of online application

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 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 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
  • Completion of online application

CS: Clinical Supervisor Endorsement