Are you working as a Behavioral Health Technician and want to move into a clinical counseling position but lack the credentials? Or Are you an unlicensed professional that wants to work in the Mental Health field? Or Do you pose a credentials in the Mental Health Field in another country and want to work as a credential professional in USA?


The CAC designation is an intermediate substance abuse credential for those persons who work side-by-side with clinical staff to develop and implement client treatment plans, as well as provide specified substance abuse treatment services. The CAC requires a minimum of a high school diploma or general equivalency degree. Experience hours are prorated for applicants holding an AA degree or higher.

All CAC applicants will automatically earn the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential.

The CAC is the reciprocal level for individuals seeking to transfer their IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential into Florida.

Individuals holding an active Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) credential are recognized to have completed content-specific training and have demonstrated core competency through supervised on the-job work experience providing addiction counseling services. A CAC is not a qualified professional per Chapter 397, F.S. The CAC requires a minimum of a high school diploma or general equivalency degree, 270 hours of content-specific training and anywhere from one to three years of supervised work experience (number of hours varies depending on formal education). See the Certified Addiction Counselor Standards for all requirements.

Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Drug Abuse Counselors are in demand, paid well and make a living doing good in the world.
  • Learn how to save lives from Substance and Drug Abuse.
  • Start the training to do something in your life to help other people for a living.
  • Become someone who is ” In Demand ” in today’s economy … Drug Counselors are Needed.
  • Many Substance Abuse graduates go on to work at treatment centers, social workers, schools, and hospitals.

The degrees from our training program are highly appreciated by treatment centers.


Behavioral Health Professionals, social workers, psychologist, or those who want to become a substance abuse counselor. Also, people working in the addiction field that has not credentials, professionals in the mental health field from other countries that wants to work in USA, alternative medicine practitioners and others who wants to explore the addiction and mental health field.

Minimum Requirements:

Content-Specific Training

Clínical Evaluation; Treatment Plan, Counseling, Case Management and Referral, Client, Family and Community Education, Documentation, Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge, Application to Practice/Professional Readiness.

Related Work Experience

CAC applicants must hold a minimum of a High School Diploma, General Equivalency Degree or higher.

Work Experience Requirements vary depending on the applicant’s level of formal education. Related Work Experience High School Diploma/General Equivalency Degree: 6,000 hours AA/Vocational Degree: 5,000 hours Non-related Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 5,000 hours Related Bachelor’s Degree: 4,000 hours Related Master’s Degree or higher: 2,000 hours On-the-Job Supervision 300 hours with at least 10 hours of supervision per domain Content-Specific Training.


  • Possess minimum work and supervision experience requirements;
  • Possess minimum education and training requirements;
  • Pass the written exam; and
  • Complete minimum continuing education credits annually to maintain a current knowledge base.

Our training program offers the full complement of education hours and content areas that you need to fulfill the training requirements for your certification with the Florida Certification Board.

Criminal Background: Must have a clean criminal history for a minimum of 3-years prior to application for certification, including release from all sanctions. Code of Ethics Must read and sign an attestation agreeing to comply with the FCB Code of Ethical & Professional Conduct.