A substance use disorder counselor providing primary, direct, clinical, substance use disorder or co-occurring counseling to persons whose primary diagnosis is that of substance use disorder or providing supervision of said counseling. They have primary responsibility for providing substance use disorder counseling in an individual and/or group setting, preparing treatment plans, documenting client progress and is clinically supervised.  This is an international, reciprocal credential.



For more in depth information on the requirements please review the downloadable application above.


Formal Education: Minimum High School Diploma/GED


Clinical Work Experience: Four (4) years of full-time or 8000 hours of part-time work experience as a drug and alcohol counselor.


Current Job Description: Copy of current counselor job description, obtained from current employer, and which must be signed by both the applicant and their immediate clinical supervisor.  


On-The-Job Clinical Supervision: 400 hours of on-the-job supervision of qualifying work experience with a minimum of 20 hours of clinical supervision in each counselor domain. 


Education/Training: 300 hours of relevant education/training including 6 hours in substance use disorders ethics.


Examination: Once application is approved, applicant must pass the IC&RC Examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ADC Examination).