Pennsylvania Licensing Overview for a Substance Abuse Counselor

Licensing for a substance abuse counselor in Pennsylvania is controlled by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

General Guidelines for a Substance Abuse Counselor in Pennsylvania

Specific requirements to perform substance abuse counselor services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?

Substance Abuse Counselor

General requirements for a substance abuse counselor license?

• Associate Addiction Counselor (AAC) – complete 100 credit hours covering screening, assessment, engagement, referral, collaboration, treatment planning, counseling, education, and professional ethics.

• Certified Associate Addiction Counselor (CAAC) – complete 300 addiction counseling-related credit hours ; 6,000 experience hours (300 directly supervised).

• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) – complete 300 addiction counseling-related credit hours ; 4,000 experience hours (200 supervised).

• Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) – 180 credit hours on substance abuse and related disorders; 2,000 experience hours (100 directly supervised).

What’s the state licensing site for a substance abuse counselor?

Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors

What are some training programs available for a substance abuse counselor?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Renew every two years

What are fees associated with licensing?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

Location(s):

Pennsylvania