Steps to earn the CDAAC Certificate
(Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addictions Counselor) 
 
 
Please send all inquiries and tuition and fee payments to:

ACADC Institute
P.O. Box 326
Yucaipa, CA. 92399

 Steps for the Dual Credential  

The CDAAC Christian Certificate & The CCAPP State Approved Counselor Certification

The steps to earn our CDAAC certificate through ACADC also include a pathway to obtaining CCAPP's CA State approved Substance Abuse Counselor Certification.  They are as follows:  

  • Register as a Counselor Intern with CCAPP 
  • Complete the AOD required 9 hour basic bundle exam
  • Pass the CSAC 1 entrance exam - become an entry level Christian Counselor intern
  • Complete the 155 hour academic requirement. 
  • Complete 160 supervised hours and 2080 hours of AOD intern field experience.
  • Pass the Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor (CDAAC) exit exam
  • Pass the final exam, the IC&RC test and become a CA State-certified AOD/SUD Counselor.

CSAC I Requirement

The student must register with ACADC and pay the entrance exam fee of $395.00 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 certificate. 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 CCAPP, a CA Approved Certifying Organizations.  
 
Begin attending the required CDAAC 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. If you have prior education, 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 CCAPP requirements.
 
 
Click here for the 2080 hours of field experience form
Click here for the 160 hours of direct supervision
 
Student Educational Counseling and Progress Accountability
 
Each student must schedule a counseling appointment with an ACADC Education Counselor or Administrator who will initiate a file to track the student's progress and make sure all requirements are met prior to taking the IC&RC exam.  This includes the following:
1) Taking and passing the CSAC I Entrance Inventory
2) Taking and passing the required 9 hour AOD Basic Bundle exam
3) Verification of completion of 155 hours of classroom training including all ACADC required CDAAC courses.
4) Affidavit verifying completion of 160 hours of AOD certified counselor supervision / or beginning the process of obtaining these required hours.
5) Affidavit verifying completion of 2080 hours of paid or volunteer field experience / or beginning the process of obtaining these required field experience hours.
 
 
COUNSELING MINISTRY DEGREES
New Gate College / ACADC Institute
 
Associate of Biblical Addictions Counseling
 
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.
 
Bachelor of Biblical 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.
 
Master of Biblical 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.
 
Doctor of Biblical 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 75% or higher score on the CSAC1 Exam. A transcript showing completion of a graduate degree from another institution will be evaluated and applied toward completion of this requirement.
 
For further information please contact ACADC at 909-795-5655.
 
 
Rev 1/07/2016

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