Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor

If you're interested in continuing your study in Substance Abuse Counseling and plan to work toward state certification, visit www.iaodapca.org 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.