Addictions Counselor Certification and Training Program

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Are you ready for a rewarding career helping others?

If you have thought about getting certified and trained as an Addictions Counselor, this is the training program you will need.  Our 350-hour Addictions Counselor Certification program will prepare you to have a great rewarding career as an Addictions Counselor.  A Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling is a career that is in high demand due to the increasing opioid epidemic and the lack of qualified professionals to assist with the current crisis. As a Certified Addictions Counselor, you will be at the forefront of helping others with their drug and alcohol addictions. Once enrolled in our program, you will receive the 350 hours of online self-study education necessary to understand how to counsel clients with addictions in all of the 9 required domains.

We are accredited by the Florida Certification Board and our education meets all of the IC&RC Reprocity Board states like Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, and more. We are even approved by the CACCF Canadian board which governs all of Canada.

“Holy moly is your program comprehensive! It is a fantastic program that completely outlines what we are looking for. Great job! ! ” 

Crystal Smalldon, RSSW, CCAC, CIAC

Executive Director, Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation

Acting President, Acting Executive Director, IC&RC

The CACCF promotes, certifies and monitors the competency of addiction specific counsellors in Canada using current and effective practices, which are internationally recognized.

We are the only company in the world that provides addiction counselor training at this level. We have 350 hours, complete with exams to help you get your certification and training faster. Once you complete the 350 hours of training you will need to send us proof of contact hours, and letters of reference to be fully certified as an International Addictions Counselor. We can help you every step of the way. Our Addictions Counselor Certification program is the largest and most comprehensive program out there to ensure you understand all facets of counseling.

We are accredited by the Florida Certification Board and the CACCF in Canada (both fall under the umbrella of the IC&RC) so any of the 47 IC&RC boards you want to sit for will accept our training. These are private nonprofit boards that are NOT required in most places, but job requirements may differ depending on where you live. Our admissions team can walk you through the process of what you need to get your career off the ground.

There are differences between the MCAP, CAP, ICADC, LCDC, and more when looking for credentials and educational levels. Most require a minimum of high school education; some may require more. Our program requires a high school diploma to enroll.

Our program is completely self-study, and you can go at your own pace. All materials, books and exams are included in the price. We have NO hidden fees.

The Addictions Academy is the largest education provider of addiction studies classes in the world. We are in 26 countries and have trained over 25,000 people in counseling, recovery coaching, intervention classes, and more. We are affordable and accessible to you.

Our 350-hour Core Course Program contains the following training hours:

  1. Clinical Evaluation: 35 hours
  2. Treatment Planning: 30 hours
  3. Counseling: 50 hours
  4. Case Management and Referral: 15 hours
  5. Client, Family and Community Education: 15 hours
  6. Documentation: 15 hours
  7. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
  8. Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge: 80 hours
  9. Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 80 hours

We offer each class separately or you can purchase the entire bundle at a discount.

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More questions? Call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext. 2

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What degree do I need to be an addictions counselor? The minimum is a high school education diploma that is required by certain states or Providences. Some states have started requiring that you have a bachelor’s degree, however, this is to sign off on paperwork and bill insurance, you will need to check with the specific location.

Can I make money as an addiction counselor? Yes. Pay rates vary from job employment at a drug rehab to private practice. It depends on the degree, location, and workload. You can always go into private practice as well and do not have to accept insurance.

Do I need to be licensed as an addiction counselor? No, not in all areas. Some states like NJ, Colorado, Utah, and NY require that you obtain a license, other states like Florida and countries like Canada, United Kingdom, and some EU have a voluntary, nonaccredited certification board that you can opt to take the exam under, but you do not have to legally to practice.  Places like India and South America, Africa have no boards or governess.

How many educational hours do I need to sit for the addiction counselor exams? We provide 350 hours and most private nonprofit boards require 140 to 350, you would need to check in your local area.