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Certificate In Alcohol And Drug Counseling

Certificate In Alcohol And Drug Counseling

The Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate Program consists of 7 modules of instruction, plus 45 hours of supervised practicum and minimum of 255 hours of on-site clinical instruction designed around your schedule.

Our Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate Program is specifically designed to meet the educational requirements for drug counselor certification. Each course is focused on required content as specified by the 12 Core functions as required by state regulations and International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC) standards.

This certificate program consists of 6 fully online courses of 45 hours each. In addition, a supervised practicum and field work internship is required for this certificate. The course work for the practicum is a 45 hour course, and the internship requires a minimum of 252 hours (21 hours for each core function) and 3 hours for agency orientation (total 300 hours). All of the required courses and the field internship must be completed in order to earn the certificate.

Certified Addiction Counselor Certificate Requirements:

  • SAC 101 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling
  • SAC 102 Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • SAC 103 Ethics and Legal Issues in Substance Abuse
  • SAC 104 Case Management in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • SAC 105 Professional Development for the Addictions Professional
  • SAC 106 Counseling Modes and Methods in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • SAC 107 Supervised Practicum in Substance Abuse Counseling (Concurrent with Field Internship)


Each course consists of 45 credits (or classroom hours). Pre-requisites for SAC 107 include: SAC 101, SAC 102, SAC 103, SAC 104, SAC 105, and SAC 106. Students are also required to have a site for their field internship before beginning SAC 107.

Nearly all of the required books for the courses are sources for the licensing exam administered by the IC & RC. Students are strongly encouraged to keep all of their required and recommended reading materials for exam preparation.

The following are required for all certificate programs at ATI:

Satisfactory completion of all required courses:

Payment in full for the course

Minimum attendance of 70% or more
Minimum score of 75% on all quizzes
Minimum score of 75% on all assignments
Submission of course evaluations for each completed course

Satisfactory completion of all internship/s hours or courses (if required by program)