Sober College School of Addiction Studies (SCSAS) is dedicated to helping students across the globe become Certified Substance Use Counselors. Our approved in-class and online training curriculum, created and taught by “real world” addiction treatment professionals allows students to meet the education counseling requirements by state so students can become certified wherever they are.
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Approved Education Provider Affiliations
Sober College School of Addiction Studies is a NAADAC approved education provider. This means that our counselor training programs are approved to help those seeking to become certified substance use counselors on a state or national level.
Those participating in educational programs offered by NAADAC Approved Education Providers are assured that the continuing education (CE) credits provided for each course will be accepted toward national credentialing by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), as well as many of the individual state licensing/certification bodies in the addiction and other helping professionals.
If you are interested in pursuing a career with a NAADAC approved provider, Sober College School of Addiction Studies can work for you.
“CCAPP is the largest statewide consortium of community-based for-profit and nonprofit substance use disorder treatment agencies, and addiction focused professionals, providing services to over 100,000 California residents annually in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings.
At CCAPP education is the key to competency and at the core of our mission. CCAPP identifies and qualifies education institutions; approves continuing education providers; and supports AOD education systems through research, grants, and test development.
Members of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) voted at their Annual Conference to consolidate their association with the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) thus clearing the way for the two organizations to legally become the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). CAARR’s vote was unanimous therefore, creating the largest association representing alcohol and drug counselors and programs in the state. CCAPP has a combined membership and certification base of over 9,500 professionals and combined agency membership base of over 500 facilities.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in California
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in California.
- Registered Alcohol & Drug Technician (RADT)
- Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (Level I) (CADC I)
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Level II) (CADC II)
- Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Clinical Supervisor (CADC CS)
- Licensed Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LAADC)
- Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor Supervisor (LAADC-S)
“The CCB is an independent, non-governmental, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that offers certification for addiction counselors, clinical supervisors, co-occurring disorders and prevention professionals in Connecticut. The Board has established specialty certificates in substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and problem gambling for professionals licensed and credentialed in other behavioral healthcare domains. The Board is active in a number of important state-wide workforce development initiatives, provides training/continuing education and ensures that the training provided in Connecticut by approved vendors meet established standards.”
Certification is a voluntary process by which professionals with a special interest in prevention or addiction treatment may receive recognition of demonstrated competency. Its purpose is to establish professional standards, which enable behavioral health care professionals such as counselors, allied health professionals, health service providers, third party payers, employers, and the general public to recognize qualified professionals in these fields. Certification is evidence that standards of knowledge, skill competencies, and experience have been met. The CCB is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (ICRC).The ICRC is an organization created to promote uniform professional standards and quality for the prevention and substance use counseling professions. It works toward giving behavioral health care professional greater visibility, not only in the United States, but internationally.
The CCB is working to ensure:
- The health and wellness of the people of Connecticut through the delivery of quality prevention and treatment services for those affected by substance use and mental health disorders.
- The ongoing development and expansion of a competent, professional, culturally diverse and credentialed workforce prepared to address the needs of the people of Connecticut.
- Professional prevention and treatment services are delivered by certified and credentialed professionals.
- Certified and credentialed professionals receive quality clinical supervision.
- The highest ethical and professional standards are followed by all certified and credentialed professionals in the State.
- Ethical concerns are appropriately addressed and those with ethical complaints have an opportunity to have their concerns reviewed in a prompt manner.
- Excellent training and continued education is available to meet the needs of all prevention and treatment professionals.
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Connecticut
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the counseling requirements to pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Connecticut.
- Certified Addiction Counselor Credential (CAC)
- Counselor in Training Credential (CIT)
“Our goal is to provide competency-based certification that will assure quality care for those affected by substance abuse. Certification offers evidence that standards of knowledge, skill, experience, and demonstration of competency have been met.”
“ADACB-GA credentialing represents a level of professional achievement and a demonstrated knowledge of clinical competence and practice standards. Just as important, achieving a ADACB-GA credential demonstrates proficiency in support of quality alcohol and drug counseling and sets a standard of commitment to the profession of alcohol and drug counseling.”
“This board was formed in 1992 to offer certification to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and to supervisors in alcohol and drug counseling and is based on the standards and methods offered by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, a multi-state and nation body organized to promote uniform professional standards and quality for the substance use counseling profession and to give the profession greater visibility in the U.S. and abroad.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Georgia
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the counseling requirement for education pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Georgia.
- Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC I or II) or Certified Advance Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC)
Our Mission: To protect the public by providing competency based credentialing of Human Service Professionals.
ICB is a private, non-profit organization that promotes standards for professionals in the addictions field. ICB shall protect the welfare of the public through improvement of quality healthcare service being provided to the individual, his/her family, and/ or significant others. ICB does this by writing and publishing standards, evaluating experience and education, reviewing each application for the respective credential, and upgrading those standards. ICB’s professional standards meet or exceed all international standards for practitioners.
ICB also encourages the highest ethical standards for all practitioners. Towards that end, the Board has established a Code of Ethics for its professionals in Illinois. ICB also investigates and may take disciplinary action on reports of ethical violations.
Since knowledgeable and skilled professionals are the goal of the Board’s efforts, ICB has taken the task of recognizing and promoting educational opportunities for its professionals.
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Illinois
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the necessary counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Illinois.
- Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC))
- Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CRADC)
- Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC)
- Mental Illness Substance Abuse I (MISA I)
- Mental Illness Substance Abuse II (MISA II)
“The Missouri Credentialing Board (MCB) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1977 from the (then) Missouri Association of Alcoholism Counselors for the purpose of providing a recognized credential for qualified professionals working in the field of substance use disorders.
MCB is a proud member of IC&RC, which protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. The largest organization of its kind, IC&RC represents more than 40,000 professionals worldwide.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Missouri
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the necessary counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Missouri.
- Certified Reciprocal Prevention Specialist (CRPS)
- Missouri Advanced Certified Substance Use Prevention Professional (MACSAPP)
- Recognized Associate Substance Use Counselor I & II (RASAC I & RASAC II)
- Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC)
- Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CRADC)
- Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CRAADC)
- Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
“Accreditation is an official Board endorsement of degree programs. Accreditation assures that persons entering the field of chemical dependency counseling have met the minimum requirements for formal education necessary for licensure. Accreditation assures that degree programs meet acceptable levels of standards and are applicable toward Board licensure.
Accreditation by the Board may be included in the education institution’s promotional material and provides programs greater ability to attract students interested in working in chemical dependency. In addition, students will be assured that the education they are pursuing will meet the formal education requirements for Board licensure. Accreditation represents an opportunity for the partnership of educational institutions and the Board to assure high-quality training.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Ohio
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meeting the counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Ohio.
- Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA)
- Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (Level I) (OCPS I)
- Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (Level II) (OCPS II)
“TCBAP certification upgrades and standardizes the qualifications of those working in areas of addiction counseling, clinical supervision, and prevention throughout Texas. These certifications are designed to be appropriate for those professionals currently working in counseling, supervision, and prevention.”
“The Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals is an autonomous arm of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. The certification board is committed to the setting of counselor standards and protection of the public good.
The certification board engages in the following functions:
- Certifies counselors above and beyond their license to provide counseling services;
- Administers licensure and certification examinations;
- Certifies providers of continuing education;
- Monitors and enforces counselor ethics; and,
- Works to promote counselor reciprocity.
The Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals is a proud member of IC&RC, the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Texas
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Texas.
- Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC)
- Alcohol Drug Counselor (ADC)
“The Florida Certification Board (FCB) mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Florida by regulating our certified professionals through experience, education, and compliance.”
Over the last 30 years, the FCB has expanded tremendously and is the state’s premier non-profit organization that protects the health, safety, and welfare of Florida’s most vulnerable residents by certifying and regulating the professionals who serve them. The FCB designs, develops, and manages programs for 32 health and human services professions, ensuring that they meet education, training, experience and testing criteria. FCB certifies more than 20,000 professionals statewide, including those in the child welfare, mental health, and addiction fields.”
“The FCB establishes, administers, and monitors certification programs in addictions, mental health, behavioral health, child welfare, and prevention. New professions are continually added.
- The FCB actively participates in legislative advocacy, ensuring that our partners have a voice in the political process.
- The FCB has established one of the country’s most successful Political Action Committee funds.
- The FCB administers programs directly related to workforce development.
The Florida Certification Board is led by a team of nationally recognized experts with vast expertise in certification program development, implementation, and administration. Certification specialists, test development professionals, and workforce experts are available to assist representatives of various professions to develop a new certification or credentialing program.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Florida
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the necessary counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Florida.
- Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC)
“The Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) has developed an outline for the general requirements for certification, as well as the requirements to obtain other credentials. PCB offers credentials that help a professional progress along a career ladder. While some professionals may choose to stay at a certain level, progression through the ladder comes with the proper experience, education, and examination. Professionals may begin wherever their current experience and education level permit.
PCB is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary credentialing to the substance abuse and other behavioral health professional. PCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, case managers, criminal justice addictions professionals, co-occurring disorders professionals, auxiliary professionals, recovery specialists and intervention professionals.”
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Pennsylvania
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you meet the counseling requirements and pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Pennsylvania.
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
- Certified Associate Addiction Counselor (CAAC)
- Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
- Associate Prevention Specialist (APS)
- Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)
The Arizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors (ABCAC) is one of the many governing bodies that offer reciprocity for certifications outlined by the IC&RC, a global leader in credentialing.
Substance Use Counseling Requirements in Arizona
Sober College School of Addiction Studies can help you pursue a career in any of the following certifications in Arizona.
- Certified Addiction Counselor
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
Sober College School of Addiction Studies’ counselor training programs are eligible to be transferred between jurisdictions that use International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) products. This includes 47 states and countries overall.
If you are in a state that is a member of the IC&RC then Sober College School of Addiction Studies can work for you.
If you are interested in learning more about substance use counselor education programs in your state, contact our admissions team or give us a call at 866.615.3276 to learn if our program could be a good fit.
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