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CAADC - Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Overview of Requirements

Experience - 2,000 Hours earned through full- or part-time work

  • Experience is defined as direct experience using clinical skills to treat alcohol/drug use disorder clients at a program licensed to provide substance abuse services by the state of Michigan. The experience may be as a paid or volunteer employee and must be in the IC&RC/AADC Performance Domains and the Twelve Core Counseling Functions.

Education - Master???s Degree **Degree or license at a Master???s Level must be in Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy with a clinical application, having included a supervised internship or practicum within the degree. Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Experiential degrees are not accepted.

180 contact hours specific to substance abuse; at least six (6) contact hours must be face-to-face, MCBAP approved professional or treatment ethics. See instructions for detail on accepted education.

Education is defined as formal classroom education (workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, and college/university work) or home study courses (internet, correspondence, teleconference). Course credits awarded within experiential degrees are not accepted.

Supervised Practical Training- 300 hours of direct supervision specific to the treatment of alcohol/drug use disorder clients (with a minimum of 10 hours in each of the Core Functions)

  • Supervised Practical Training (Supervised Experience) is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge. This training must take place in a setting where alcohol/drug use disorder treatment is being provided. Training must be specifically related to the IC&RC/AADC Performance Domains including the Twelve Core Counseling Functions. This training must occur as part of eligible work experience and may be completed under more than one supervisor.

Testing - IC&RC/AADC Written Exam passing score.

Applicants are required to pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IC&RC/AADC) written examination as part of their CAADC requirement. There are no prerequisites to take the exam. A passing score is based upon the total score. If you fail the exam, you must register again and retake the entire exam.

Fee - Submit completed application with a $150.00 two-year initial certification fee.


  • Forty (40) hours of approved continuing education training is required for a two (2) year certification period or twenty (20) hours of approved continuing education training is required for a one (1) year certification period. Time period is since the beginning of your previous certification period with a minimum of 50% of contact hours specific to substance abuse.

Renewal fee (subject to change)

  • $135.00 two (2) year renewal fee
  • $85.00 one (1) year renewal fee