Sober College School of Addiction Studies (SCSAS) is an Approved Education Provider in Arizona through the Arizona Board for the Certification of Addiction Counselors (ABCAC) We offer Addiction Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Counselor certification training and education that meets the Arizona Addiction Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Counselor Requirements to help you become a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC) in Arizona.
With our online counselor training programs, you can earn all the education you need to become a Certified Addiction Counselor or a Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor in Arizona and be on the fast track to a career in the ever growing and evolving field of addiction treatment. We offer the flexibility you need to work towards your goal in as little as 6 months. You can start anytime and with our ABCAC approved curriculum you can begin on your path today.
Arizona Certified Addiction Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Requirements | Arizona Addiction Counselor Requirements
The following are the requirements and procedures to be followed to be certified by the Arizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors (ABCAC) is a member of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC/AODA).
There are two certificates available:
- CAC-Certified Addiction Counselor
- CADAC-Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
There are three counselor levels:
- Level I-High School Diploma or GED
- Level II-Associates Degree
- Level III-Bachelor’s Degree
Level I and Level II are eligible for the CAC certificate. Level I and Level II certificates are not eligible for reciprocity.
Level III is eligible for CADAC certification. Level III is eligible for reciprocity with the member boards of IC&RC.
All qualifying work experience must be completed within six (6) years prior to applying for certification. This is defined as full-time, part-time, paid or volunteer, working DIRECTLY with the alcohol/drug addicted client.
Minimum Work Requirements
CAC-2 years or 4,000 hours working with substance abuse clients.
CADAC-3 years or 6,000 hours of supervised work experience specific to the ADC
Domains listed below. An Associate’s degree in Behavioral Science will exchange for 1,000 hours. A BA/BS in Behavioral Science exchanges for 2,000 hours. A Master’s degree in a Behavioral Science exchanges for 4,000 hours.
- Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
- Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral
- Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
Minimum Education Requirements
CAC-180 clock hours of education. 90 hours in alcohol/drug studies and 90 hours in counseling. 6 hours of Ethics and 4 hours HIV/AIDS education must be included.
CADAC-300 hours specific to the ADC Domains listed above above. 6 hours of Ethics education and 4 hours HIV/AIDS education must be included.
Minimum Supervised Hours
300 hours specific to the ADC Domains. There must be a minimum of 10 hours in each domain listed above on page 1.
Must pass the Alcohol and Drug Test.
Code of Ethics
The applicant must read, agree to adhere to the code of ethics, and sign ABCAC’s Code of Ethics. There will be a written enforcement and appeals process if a professional violates ABCAC’s Code of Ethics.
Forty (40) hours of continuing education training specifically related to
Substance Abuse every 2 years, or 20 hours every year of certification. Three (3) hour class on Ethics and a three (3) hour class in Cultural Diversity education must be included in the Forty (40) hours of CEU’s.
Applicant must live or work 51% of the time within Arizona for a year. This applies only at the time of initial application for credential.
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