CREDENTIALING, LICENSING, AND REIMBURSEMENT OF THE SUD WORKFORCE: A REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PRACTICES ACROSS THE NATION. EXHIBIT A5: Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 1--Associate SUD Counselor

12/01/2019

EXHIBIT A5. Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 1--Associate SUD Counselor
State Abbr. Credential Title Minimum Degree Education Hours Practice Hours Supervision Hours Required Examination* Annual Cont. Educ. Hours Renewal Period (months) Reciprocity
AL Certified Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Abuse Professional Not stated 270 6,000 300 State exam 20 12 No
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 20 12 Yes
National Certified Addiction Counselor I Not stated 270 6,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC I 50 12 Yes
State Certified Addiction Counselor Not stated 60 4,000 Not stated Not stated 50 24 Yes
AZ Certified Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 200 4,000 Not stated Not stated 40 24 No
CA CADTP Alcohol/Other Drug Counselor Not stated 315 2,080 160 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I Associate 315 2,080 Not stated IC&RC ADC 50 24 Yes
CO Certified Addiction Counselor II High school or equivalent 126 2,000 3 per month NAADAC NCAC I 40 24 Not stated
CT Certified Addiction Counselor-Provisional Not stated 300 2,000 300 IC&RC ADC None Non-renewable Yes
FL Certified Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 20 12 Yes
GA Electronic-Counseling Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 18 Not stated Not stated None 6 24 No
IL Certified Assessment & Referral Specialist High school or equivalent 185 2,000 150 Assessment/Referral Specialist Examination 40 24 No
IN Indiana Certified Addiction Counselor Level I Not stated 270 6,000 50 NAADAC NCAC I 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselor I None 180 2,000 220 Not stated 40 24 No
Licensed Addiction Counselor Associate Bachelor's 40 semester hours 350 Not stated IC&RC ADC or NAADAC NCAC II 40 24 Yes
LA Counselor-in-Training High school or equivalent 180 Not stated Not stated Not stated 20 12 Not stated
Registered Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC AADC 48 24 Not stated
MA Certified Alcoholism Counselor High school or equivalent 180 4,000 120 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 No
MD Certified Supervised Counselor-Alcohol & Drug Associate 24 semester credits 6 semester credit internship Not stated NAADAC NCAC I & the Maryland law exam 40 24 Yes
MN Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated 270 None 300 hours IC&RC ADC 40 24 No
MO Addiction Counselor I Bachelor's 15 credit hours Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated
Missouri Associate Alcohol Drug Counselor I High school or equivalent 3 160 Not stated Not stated 20 24 Not stated
MS Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
MT Addiction Counselor License Candidate Associate None None None None 20 12 No
NJ Chemical Dependence Associate Not stated 54 1,500 200 Not stated 24 24 Not stated
NM Licensed Substance Abuse Associate Counselor Associate 90 Not stated Not stated None 40 24 No
NV Provisional Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Bachelor's Not stated 4,000 Not stated None Not stated Non-renewable Not stated
NY Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor High school or equivalent 350 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 60 36 Yes
OH Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant High school or equivalent 70 Not stated Not stated None 40 24 No
OR Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I Associate 150 1,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC I 40 24 Yes
PA Associate Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 100 2,000 100 None 40 24 No
RI Provisional Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 140 2,000 150 None None Non-renewable No
SD Addiction Counselor Trainee High school or equivalent Not stated Not stated 8 per month None None Non-renewable Not stated
UT Certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor Associate 200 Not stated 200 IC&RC AADC or ADC, NAADAC NCAC I, II, or MAC 40 24 Yes
Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor Associate 200 2,000 200 IC&RC AADC or ADC, NAADAC NCAC I, II, or MAC 40 24 Yes
Certified Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor Intern Bachelor's 300 Not stated 350 None None Non-renewable No
VA Associate Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 200 4,000 200 None 40 24 No
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant High school or equivalent 300 Not stated 180 VA State Constructed Certified, Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant Exam None 24 No
VT Apprentice Addiction Professional Bachelor's 40 Not stated Not stated Not stated 40 24 No
WA Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee Not stated 4 Not stated 50 None None 24 (renewable 4 times) No
WI Substance Abuse Counselor-In-Training Not stated 100 None Not stated Online open-book exam on Wisconsin statutes & admin code 30 24 No
WY Certified Addictions Practitioner Assistant Associate or NCAC I None with degree; 270 without Not stated Not stated NAADAC NCAC I 45 24 Yes
*EXAM NAME ABBREVIATIONS:
  • IC&RC ADC = Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • IC&RC AADC = Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • NAADAC NCAC I = National Certified Addiction Counselor Level I
  • NAADAC NCAC II = National Certified Addiction Counselor Level II
  • NAADAC MAC = Master Addiction Counselor
  • NBCC= National Board for Certified Counselors

NOTE ABOUT PRACTICE HOURS: 2,000 hours = 1 year; 4,000 hours = 2 years; 6,000 hours = 3 years; 8,000 = 4 years; 10,000 hours = 5 years; 12,000 hours = 6 years.