Certified Addiction Counselor Questions

What are the minimum requirements for CAC testing?

Is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and holds a bachelor’s degree from an approved and accredited institution of higher education in a human services field.

Is a legal resident of the United States.

Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA.

Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received.

Has not been convicted of a felony. However, the ADRA in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances.

Has successfully completed 270 clock hours of education approved by the ADRA. 180 of these hours must be specific to substance abuse treatment. The remaining 90 hours may be related, but are subject to approval by the ADRA. 6 of the 90 hours must be in professional ethics.

Has successfully completed 4000 hours of supervised work experience in the treatment of people with addictive disorders. Of these hours, he/she must complete a 300 hour practicum in the core functions and global criteria, with at least 20 hours in each core function. This experience must be supervised by a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) or other qualified professional who has received the proper waiver from the ADRA.


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