Certified Addiction Counselor

The Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) program at Addiction Counseling Institute is ideal for individuals that want to dedicate their career to treating people affected by the disease of addiction. Candidates must have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree.

Our CAC classes are administered by treatment professionals with a minimum of ten years of experience in the addiction treatment field. Simply put, our experienced faculty knows what it takes to become an outstanding treatment professional, and focuses our curriculum on instilling those skills in our students while ensuring that they master the FCB required content specific training.

What is a Certified Addiction Counselor?

The Florida Certification Board states that a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) designation is an intermediate substance abuse credential for those persons who work side-by-side with clinical staff to develop and implement client treatment plans, as well as provide specified substance abuse treatment services. The CAC designation requires a minimum of high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree or higher.

Addiction Counseling Institute provides the required 250 hours of content specific training to our students, allocated as follows:

  1. Clinical Evaluation: 25 hours
  2. Treatment Planning: 15 hours
  3. Counseling: 30 hours
  4. Case Management & Referral: 10 hours
  5. Client, Family, and Community Education: 10 hours
  6. Documentation: 10 hours
  7. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
  8. Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge: 60 hours
  9. Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 60 hours*

*Must include at least 4 hours of HIV-AIDS and 2 hours of Domestic Violence.

In order to qualify for Certified Addiction Counselor certification, candidates must also meet related work experience requirements. For candidates that hold a high school diploma or GED, this includes 6,000 hours of direct experience performing addiction-related services at the level expected of a CAC. For candidates that hold an Associate/Vocational degree or higher, 4,000 hours of direct experience is required. The FCB requires that all work experience must have taken place within the last ten years.

On-the-job supervision requirements also depend on the applicant’s formal education history. For candidates that hold a high school dipoma or GED, 300 hours, including a minimum of 16 hours per performance area, is required. For candidates with an Associate/Vocational degree or higher, 150 hours are required, including eight hours per performance area.

To register for the Certified Addiction Counselor program at Addiction Counseling Institute, download our application or register online. To learn more about the Certified Addiction Counselor program at Addiction Counseling Institute, please call 855-266-6037.