Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certification
Aurora University

Program Details

Mental health and substance abuse disorders frequently occur together, and counselors need specialized education to help those who struggle with addiction. In Aurora University’s online Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification program, students will gain the educational and experiential requirements needed to pursue certification through the Illinois Certification Board.

AU’s online Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification allows graduates to pursue some of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Graduates can also become case workers, children’s services personnel, policy advocates, program managers, specialized social workers, and more.

In the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification program, students will take three online courses and gain hands-on experience in a required field placement. Students can also incorporate the certification with their online MSW degree program. The AU School of Social Work is accredited by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB) at the advanced accreditation level. This means students completing our program will sit for the exam at the CADC level.

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100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Aurora University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Illinois Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) exam for state licensure. This program does not meet education requirements for certification in any other state.