Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate

  • The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program is a series of four, 8-week long, online courses that have been approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Successful completion of these courses will meet the 180 hours of required coursework specific to addiction necessary to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).

    CAADC Diplomat requirements are as follows (taken from http://www.pacertboard.org):

    1. One year (2,000 hours) out of the past 7 years of paid, supervised employment as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor or supervisor where 51% of the time is spent providing said counseling.
    2. Present employment as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor or supervisor at time of application.
    3. Master’s degree or higher.
    4. 180 hours of alcohol and other drug abuse education including 6 in professional ethics and responsibilities and 6 in communicable diseases.*
    5. 300 hours of supervision obtained during employment.
    6. Sign and abide by Code of Ethical Conduct.
    7. Must live or work in PA at time of application.
    8. Pass a master’s level written exam.

    *This is the portion of the requirements that would be completed through the Carlow Certificate