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 Addiction Counseling Licensure/Certification

Steps for State of Ohio Professional Counselor Licensure

  1. Complete graduate degree in counseling (from an accredited program); 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of graduate work with a minimum of one course in each of the 16 content areas. Once a course is used to satisfy a requirement, it may not be reused.
  2. Submit a written request to take the PCLE exam and attach a student copy of your transcript showing completion of the required coursework.
  3. Take the exam.
  4. After you pass the exam, send in an application for PC license and fees.
  5. Have your school send official transcripts directly to the board.
  6. After becoming a PC, submit a letter to the board indicating that you are upgrading to the PCC. Apply to be a PC/Clinical resident by registering your post PC hours with the board. Include a letter requesting that any hours that occurred post degree, and were registered and approved by the board, be counted towards the 3000 hour requirement. Experience must meet the requirements for the PCC with 50% of your time spent diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders in a clinical setting under a PCC.
  7. Submit PCC application and fees.
  8. Have supervisor fill out an evaluation of supervised experience; have supervisor sign across the back of a sealed envelope and return it to you.
  9. Have supervisor fill out a clinical field evaluation; have supervisor sign across the back of a sealed envelope and return it to you.
  10. You will be licensed with a provisional license once all of the paperwork is received by the board. This letter along with your passing exam score report will allow you to work until you receive a letter from the board indicating that you may now call yourself a PC or PCC.

The Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

Study materials are available for the Professional Counselor Licensure Exam in the Curriculum Resource Center, Beeghly College of Education, for students who wish to study for the licensure exam.

Additional Certifications

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

  • Licensure requirements for chemical dependency counselors as well as prevention specialists. Information regarding renewals and continuing education are also available.
    • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA):
    • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II):
    • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC III):
    • Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC):
    • Registered Applicant (RA):
    • Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I (OCPS I):
    • Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II (OCPS lI):

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

  • Requirements provided for the Master Addictions Counselor (MAC). Those who hold this credential are eligible for the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) status through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

  • NAADAC provides credentials specifically for alcohol and drug abuse counselors for those who want to excel in the addictions profession.

These credentials include:

  • National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I)
  • National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II)
  • Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)
  • Tobacco Addiction Specialist (TAS)
  • Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Qualification
  • Adolescent Specialist Endorsement (ASE)
  • Conflict Resolution in Recovery Certificate Program
  • Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders

  • The American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders currently offers two certifications.
    • Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)
    • Certified Gambling Addiction Specialist (CGAS)
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