Sober College School of Addiction Studies (SCSAS) offers an Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBG) approved curriculum that meets all the Georgia Alcohol & Drug Counselor Requirements. Our program was designed by working addiction professionals and can help you become a Certified Counselor in as little as 6 months.
Our counselor training curriculum was designed by working addiction professionals and can help you become a Certified Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC I & II) or a Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in Georgia at your own pace. SCSAS offers a flexible online options to fit your schedule while still providing you with all the information you need to become a CADC or CAADC in Georgia. You can start classes anytime and the consultation with out Admissions team in completely free.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I, CADC II, CAADC) | Georgia Alcohol & Drug Counselor Requirements
Below are the Georgia Alcohol and Drug Counselor requirements for becoming a CADC I, CADC II and CAADC based on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBG) site. Applicants must live and/or work within the jurisdiction of the ADACBGA. at least 51% of the time, or live in a nearby jurisdiction where IC&RC certification is not available.
Defined as supervised, paid or voluntary work experience in which the applicant has direct contact and responsibility for the AODA client.
- For a CADC II OR CAADC a total of 4,000 work experience hours must be documented.
- The CADC I (no degree) must document 6,000 work experience hours.
Defined as formal classroom style education (workshops, seminars, online courses, institutes, in-services, and college/university work).
- One clock hour of education is equal to fifty (50) minutes of continuous instruction. For the purpose of certification, clock hours of education must be related to the knowledge and skill base associated with the counselor core functions.
- A minimum of six (6) hours of professional ethics education must be documented as a part of the educational hours required.
- A total of 270 hours of addiction-specific education must be documented by copies of transcripts, certificates of attendance, in-service reports, etc.
- All candidates for CADC II certification must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants for the CADC I need a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency.
- Applicants for the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor must have a minimum of a Masters’ Degree in a human service field with a clinical application.
Official transcripts must be sent directly to the board from the college/university.
Such college/university credits must be from a college or university licensed or accredited by the local government in order to be eligible.
Supervised Practical Experience
Defined as a supervised AODA setting which teaches the knowledge and skills of professional AODA counseling. This training may be part of the eligible work experience or may be completed under more than one supervisor or agency.
- A recommended minimum ratio is one (l) hour of supervision to ten (10) hours of practical experience. Examples of such training are observation, co-leading a skill area, solo experience, group supervision and supervision of process.
- A total of 300 supervised training hours must be documented, with a minimum of 10 hours in each of the twelve counselor core functions.
- Applicants must also receive a minimum of a total of 120 hours of face to face supervision during the supervised practical experience. Acceptable credentials for clinical supervisors are CCS, CADCII, CCDP, CCDP-D, CAADC, CACII, MAC or any licensed behavioral health professional such as LPC, LCSW, LMFT, RN, PsyD. or Psychiatrist who have a minimum of 5 hours of Co-Occurring or Addiction specific continuing education hours per year; certification of attendance/ completion may be requested.
For the best examination results, we recommend that some of your supervision experience come from an ADACBGA CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor).
The applicant must provide three professional evaluations with an acceptable score on each one.
- One evaluation must be from the latest work experience supervision
- The other two must be from professional colleagues who have had the opportunity to observe the applicant’s skills and competencies.
- Evaluations must be returned directly to the board by the raters. Or they may be returned to the applicant only if they have been placed in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back seal.
Code of Ethics
The counselor must sign the code of ethics form provided in their application packet.
Once an applicant has been notified that their application is complete, they must schedule their examination within one year, or their application will expire and be closed and all fees paid are forfeited and non-refundable or applicable towards future applications or exam fees. A new application with all required paperwork and fees may have to be resubmitted in order to become certified.
- Once you receive notification that your application is complete, you will receive a test registration form.
- Complete the test registration form and return to our office along with payment.
- You will then be preregistered for the appropriate examination.
- Once you have been preregistered, the testing company will send final registration instructions via email.
- You will then select your testing date, time and location.
You will have one year from date of preregistration to complete your examination. The examination administered by the ADACBGA. are based on the Job Analysis for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, conducted by the IC&RC.
The tests have been proved valid, reliable, and legally defensible. In order to sit for the examination, the applicant must meet all application requirements and submit an exam registration form for the CADC I or II or CAADC examination, at which time a letter of instruction on how to register for the computer based examination will be sent to the applicant after all application requirements have been met. The examination fee is $180 each time you sit for the exam.
Applicants must successfully pass the examination within two (2) years, and may only fail twice (2)…If failed examination twice, the application process must begin with new paperwork, supervision with an ADACBGA Certified Clinical Supervisor, education hours, and payment of application and examination fee. All fees paid are forfeited, non-refundable and may not be applied to future applications or examination fee.
Requirements for Recertification
CADC I and II and CAADC certification is for a period of two (2) years. Counselors will benitified of certificate expiration via email approximately six to eight(8) weeks prior to submission deadline, however it is your responsibility to keep your certification in effect.
Candidates for recertification are required to provide documentation to the board that they have completed 40 contact hours of professional education and development during the previous two (2) years, five (5) of these hours must be in professional ethics. The training must relate to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling and should include training in the development of professional skills described in the 12 core functions.
Once a certification’s expiration date has been reached, re certification packets postmarked past that date will be assessed a $35 late fee for reinstatement. Each month past the due date an additional $10 will be assessed for reinstatement. Continuing education requirements of 20 contact hours per year must be documented.
If, after all attempts to contact the certificant have failed, portfolios will be discarded once the certificate has expired for two (2)years. A new application and fees must be submitted and testing taken again.
Code of Professional Ethics
Modeled after the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Ethical Standards. Click on a principle below to read more.
Principle 1: Non-Discrimination
Principle 2: Responsibility
Principle 3: Competence
Principle 4: Legal Standards and Moral Standards
Principle 5: Public Statements
Principle 6: Publication Credit
Principle 7: Client Welfare
Principle 8: Confidentiality
Principle 9: Client Relationships
Principle 10: Inter-professional Relationships
Principle 11: Remuneration
Principle 12: Societal Obligations
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