A High School Diploma/GED or associate degree 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 that meets Pennsylvania’s state staffing requirements.





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


Formal Education: Minimum high school diploma/GED or Associate degree.


Clinical Work Experience: Three (3) years of full-time or 6000 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 Supervision: 300 hours of on-the-job supervision of qualifying work experience with a minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision in each counselor domain. 


Education/Training: 300 hours of relevant education/training of which 100 hours must be specific to substance use disorder s and 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).