Washington Licensing Overview for a Substance Abuse Counselor

Licensing for a substance abuse counselor in Washington is controlled by the Washington State Department of Health – Certified Counselor.

General Guidelines for a Substance Abuse Counselor in Washington

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?

Washington’s experience requirements vary by the applicant’s degree.

• Candidates with an associate degree must demonstrate 2,500 hours of chemical dependency experience.

• Those with a bachelor’s degree must show 2,000 hours.

• Candidates with a master’s or doctoral degree must hold 1,500 hours of experience.

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

Washington State Department of Health – Certified Counselor

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 annually or before your birthday

What are fees associated with licensing?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

Location(s):

Washington