South Dakota Licensing Overview for a Substance Abuse Counselor

Licensing for a substance abuse counselor in South Dakota is controlled by the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

General Guidelines for a Substance Abuse Counselor in South Dakota

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?

• Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) – candidates with a high school diploma need 8,000 hours of supervised experience, while those with an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree only need 6,000, 4,000, or 2,000 hours, respectively.

• Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) – needs 2,000 supervised hours in substance abuse counseling.

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

South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

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 by the end of your birth months, every other year

What are fees associated with licensing?

CAC $175 ; LAC $200

Location(s):

South Dakota