The steps to becoming a dual certified drug and alcohol counselor through ACADC involve a variety of credentials that can be gained until completion. This includes:
- Register as a Counselor Intern to begin an internship
- Entry Level Christian Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC 1)
- Advanced Level Christian Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC II)
- Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor (CDAAC)
- State-certified Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS)
Step 1: CSAC I Requirement
The student must register with ACADC and pay the entrance exam fee of $395, and complete the CSAC I Entrance Inventory. To register, the student must fill out and submit a completed registration form
and enroll to take the CSAC I Exam (included in the registration form). This exam is both our entrance inventory and our entry level certification to be used under authorized supervision in a treatment facility. It is designed to let us know that you can counsel from a Christian worldview. This exam is not a pass/fail. It is designed to show us your level of spiritual understanding and let us know that you have a Christian worldview. If it appears to the inventory examiner that you need help in order to better understand certain principles, you will be contacted by an education counselor who will teach you the important areas one must be aware of to hold a Christian worldview as a counselor. Additionally you will register as an intern with our curriculum accreditor BIA.
Step 2: Begin attending required CDAAC/RAS classes to meet the 155 hour classroom requirement
155 classroom hours pertaining to alcohol and others drug (AOD) classes are required. You can begin to attend classes at one of our institute location
. The ACADC training curriculum is BIA accredited and has been approved by Briening Institute, a state certifying agency. This will fulfill the 155 hour requirement. If you have already fulfilled this requirement, we will evaluate your transcripts and let you know what we can approve and what courses you will still need to take in order to meet all ACADC and ADP requirements.
Step 3: CSAC II requirement
Field experience is required in order to obtain the next level of certification, which will prepare the student for both a Christian worldview and the state-level certification. This experience (which is referred to as clincial) will require a student work at an AOD certified facility. That experience must include:
- 2080 hours of field experience in an AOD licensed or certified program that can be signed by a licensed or certified counselor. These hours do not require direct supervision.
- 160 hours of direct supervision by a certified/licensed counselor at an AOD program. This portion of the field experience will require direct supervision.
Once these hours are fulfilled, the following affidavits must be completed along with the $395 fee in order to obtain the CSAC II and qualify to complete the final step to state certification.
for the 2080 hours of field experience form
for the 160 hours of direct supervision
Step 4: Educational Counseling and Progress Accountability
Each student must schedule a counseling appointment with an ACADC Education Counselor or Administrator who will initiate a training progress file to track each student and make sure that all ADP and ACADC educational requirements are met which include the following:
1) Taking and passing the CSAC I Entrance Inventory
2) Verification of completion of 155 hours of classroom training including all ADP and ACADC required CDAAC courses.
3) Affidavit verifying completion of 160 hours of AOD certified counselor supervision / or beginning the process of obtaining these required hours.
4) Affidavit verifying completion of 2080 hours of paid or volunteer field experience / or beginning the process of obtaining these required field experience hours.
Step 5: Take the CDAAC / RAS Exam
Upon becoming a CDAAC candidate and completing the requirements stated in Step 2 and Step 3, the student must now take the ACE (Addiction Couselor Exam) in order to meet the regulatory requirements for certification. To register for that exam, click here
. Exam locations are offered throughout California. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be officially awarded the Christian Drug, Alcohol, and Addiction Counselor Certification (CDAAC) and the Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) Certification and will have met the ACADC Dual Certification Requirements that will allow you to be a professional counselor in both Christian and secular settings.
THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE OPTIONAL OFFERINGS OF ACADC INSTITUTE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Step 6: Associate of Ministry Degree
Upon completion of 60 hours of training, all students are eligible to undertake an approved counseling, ministry, or research project to earn an ACADC Institute Associates Degree in Christian Drug, Alcohol and Addictions Counseling. A transcript showing completion of an Associates Degree from another institution will be accepted for evaluation and can be applied towards completion of this degree.
Step 7: Bachelor of Ministry in Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addictions Counseling.
Upon completion of 155 hours of classroom training, all students are required to complete an approved counseling, ministry, or research project to earn an ACADC Institute Bachelors Degree in Applied Drug, Alcohol and Addictions Counseling. A transcript showing completion of a Bachelors Degree from another institution will be evaluated and applied towards completion of this requirement.
Step 8: Master of Ministry in Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addictions Counseling
Upon completion of 60 hours of ACADC Institute post graduate courses the student is eligible to submit a Master Thesis contributing to the Drug, Alcohol, and Addictions counseling field. A transcript showing completion of a graduate degree from another institution will be evaluated and applied toward completion of this requirement.
Step 9: Doctor of Ministry in Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addictions Counseling
Requires a Bachelors Degree in any subject, 60 hours of post graduate study, an empirical research project using scientific research methodology validating the effectiveness of bible-based recovery programs, and evidencing spiritual fruit in furthering God-purposed ministry. This program requires the writing and publishing of a research dissertation that will help further Kingdom ministry, and a 70% or higher score on the CSAC Exam. A transcript showing completion of a graduate degree from another institution will be evaluated and applied toward completion of this requirement.
Visit our website at www.acadc.org
and click on the Degree Programs link to see other ACADC Degree Programs related to but not directly in the area of Applied Drug, Alcohol, and Addictions Counseling or Research. For further information regarding these steps to Step 5 Certification and Beyond please contact ACADC at 909-795-5655.