Certified Addictions Counselor

Certified Addictions Counselor

You decided you want to help others overcome their addictions. Maybe you want to be an addictions coach or an addictions counselor? If you have chosen an addictions counselor career, you want to offer counseling/therapy services to clients, their families and others via private practice or within a drug and alcohol treatment setting. We can help!

The Addictions Academy is pleased to offer the required training hours to complete that certification process. This is the training portion that you will need to sit for the state and International (IC &RC) exams.

Certification as an Addiction Counselor comes with a specific amount of required training either by self-study or via live virtual classroom (webinar) and The Addictions Academy offers both. First you need to decide if you want to become a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) or a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC). The CAP requires a degree, the CAC does not.

The CAP, Certified Addiction Professional, must have more relevant work experience, must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and must take and pass both an FCB exam and an IC&RC exam. We provide all the training hours and education and the exam is conducted by the Florida Certification Board (FCB). Other states will accept our training and can be applied to state, National and International Exams. We also offer our own examinations as testing if your country does not provide the credentials.

The CAP, Certified Addictions Professional Requires the following training hours:

 Requirement: CAP applicants must complete and document a minimum of 350 hours of training, with a minimum number of training hours in each performance domain as follows:

  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/Profession 80 hours

Florida Board information is here (please see all requirements and testing)



The Certified Addictions Counselor

The CAC designation is an intermediate substance abuse credential for those persons who work side-by-side with clinical staff to develop and implement client treatment plans, as well as provide specified substance abuse treatment services.  The CAC requires a minimum of a high school diploma or general equivalency degree.  Experience hours are prorated for applicants with an AA or AS degree.  The CAC is the reciprocal level for individuals holding the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential.

The CAC requires the following training hours:

  1. Clinical Evaluation: 25 hours
  2. Treatment Planning: 15 hours
  3. Counseling: 30 hours
  4. Case Management and Referral: 10 hours
  5. Client, Family and Community Education: 10 hours
  6. Documentation: 10 hours
  7. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
  8. Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge: 60 hours**
  9. Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 60 hours*&** *Must include at least 4 hours of HIV-AIDS and 2 hours of Domestic Violence.

**CAC applicants may earn the IC&RC reciprocal credential as part of the CAC process by documenting an additional 10 hours of training in each of these performance domains (20 hours total) and passing the IC&RC ADC exam. All training must have been completed with the last 10 years.

More information on the CAC here:


The Addictions academy offers both self-study for the training requirements or live virtual webinar. Please call us with questions and assistance with what courses you need and help you need applying for the exam and certification.

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