Certified Addictions Counselor

Certified Addictions Counselor

A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor is a career that is in high demand due to the increasing opioid epidemic and 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 necessary to understand how to counsel clients with addictions in all of the 9 required domains.

Where Addiction Counselors work is in the field of addiction varies by state and requirements. Most Addictions Counselors will work in a professional addiction treatment setting, for a private or nonprofit corporation or even in private practice. We can prepare you for all the job roles and functions you will encounter as a certified (or licensed) addictions counselor with an addictions certificate. some states require that you complete an addiction counseling degree program before you sit for the state exam. We are accredited by the Florida Certification Board to offer the 350 hours in the 9 domains. We are also accredited by CACCF, the Canadian Board as ‘an approved  Educational Institution with our organization and that the Addiction Counseling program meets our Formal Education requirements for Certification.’

his is the training portion that you will need to sit for the state and international (IC &RC) exams. The IC &RC exams will allow you to transfer your certification should you move to a different state, as this is the international examination preparation. We are also approved by the Canadian Board, CACCF:

Certification as an Addictions 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 new designation is an MCAP. This is a CAP with a Master’s Degree. You will need to decide how much education and experience you have and what level of certification you are seeking.

Are addiction counselors mandated reporters?

Yes, and it is included in the training along with ethics and documentation process reporting.

How do I  Become An Addictions Counselor?

Here are the detailed requirements  to become trained as a Certified Addictions Counselor:


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 within the last 10 years.

More information on the CAC here:


The CAP, Certified Addictions Professional Requires the following:

Our most popular course, 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 credentialsRequirement: 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/Professional Readiness: 80 hours

MCAP utilizes the CAP training hours and testing.

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


The Addictions Academy offers both self-study for the training requirements or live virtual webinar. Please call us with questions and we can offer assistance with the courses you need and help you apply for the exam and certification.

IAAP Education Approved and AACT Accredited. 

Certified Addictions Counselor - IAAP Approved Course