CE Requirements for Certified Addiction Counselors in Illinois

Attention: Several states and disciplines have relaxed requirements regarding live / in person Continuing Education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with your board to see the most current requirements.

Certified addiction counselors in Illinois (CADC, CRADC, CSADC, and CMADC) are required to earn 40 hours of continuing education (CEUs) every 2 years for recertification.

A maximum of 15 hours can be earned online or via home-study.

Category I – A minimum of 15 CEUs must be specific to alcohol and other drug abuse/dependency.

Category II – A minimum of 25 CEUs must be specific to knowledge and skills related to the core functions of AODA Counselors, but does not have to be AODA specific. This education covers counselor skills, competencies, and knowledge base.

Examples of Category II include theory/techniques of therapeutic approaches, therapy/dynamics of counseling, human behavior/development, dysfunctional behavior, human sexuality, family dynamics, domestic violence, cultural issues, special populations, social services, confidentiality, legal systems, intervention/prevention strategies, health and safety, professional ethics, crisis intervention.

For CSADCs and CAADCS, 6 of the Category II credits must be in how to provide clinical supervision.

Program sponsors must be recognized by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB) or petitioned for ICB credit. It is unclear whether the Illinois Certification Board accepts courses from NAADAC approved providers. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. Practitioners are advised to contact the Illinois Certification Board directly at http://www.iaodapca.org/

Effective January 1, 2020, a new law took effect that requires all Illinois licensed professionals who need continuing education to renew their licenses to complete 1 hour of education related to sexual harassment prevention.  Licensees can take this CE course from any CE provider or sponsor that is authorized to provide CE for any profession regulated by IDFPR. This includes businesses or entities that have active CE sponsor licenses for any profession, or that are listed as a ‘pre-approved’ sponsor for any profession. For more information on the changes please click here.

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Athealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460.

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State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the Illinois continuing education regulations, click the button below.
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Page last modified or reviewed by athealth.com on Sep 28, 2020.

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