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The Certified Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program is designed to train addiction counselors to work effectively within a variety of treatment settings and with a variety of addictive behaviors. Certified and licensed addiction counselors possess a body of knowledge, skills, training and work experience in the treatment of addictive behaviors that distinguishes the addiction counseling profession from other health care professions. Preparation for a career as an addiction professional is available through Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) approved training classes; clinically supervised work experience; and demonstration of a knowledge base through passage of a national exam. Counselor certification is available to individuals with various levels of academic preparation in the counseling field and is comprised of four levels:

  • Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) is defined as an entry-level certification
  • Certified Addiction Counselor II (CACII) is defined as a counselor who may conduct addition treatment services independently and may perform the complete range of duties associated with addiction treatment, with the exception of clinical supervision
  • Certified Addiction Counselor Level III (CAC III) has the authority to practice independently and assume clinical supervision duties
  • A Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) is a credentialing level that requires a clinical Masters degree, proof of passing the NAADAC MAC exam, and completion of all requirements for a CAC III

Required Courses

Click here to download a full list of required courses for each CAC level.

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