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Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor

Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor

Steps to Becoming a C.A.D.C.

If you're interested in continuing your study in Substance Abuse Counseling and plan to work toward state certification, visit for more information about the Illinois Model for becoming a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor.

Guidelines for Attaining C.A.D.C. Certification

Upon completion of Oakton's Preparatory Certificate, meet the following requirements:

  • 7 classes
  • Praciticum 1 (300 hours)
  • Pass the ICRC exam
  • 2 - 4,000 hours of paid supervised work depending on your level of education

Upon completion of Oakton's Advanced Certificate, meet the following requirements:

  • 7 classes
  • Praciticum 1 (300 hours)
  • Praciticum I1 (300 hours)
  • Pass the ICRC exam

A minimum of an A.A.S. in a behavioral science or completion of the A.A.S. degree in Human Services with the Substance Abuse option is required to be eligible for the Advanced Certificate.

Contact IAODAPCA at 1.800.272.2632 when you are beginning your paid experience. You will have three years from the date of the application to complete your work experience.

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November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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