CE for Addiction Counselors in North Carolina

CE Renewal Requirements for NC Addiction Counselors:

  • Renewal: Every 2 years
  • Fifty percent (50%) of the required clock hours can be earned through distance learning.
  • North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board accepts courses from NAADAC approved providers.  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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CSAC – Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
http://www.ncsappb.org/renewal-information/
60 clock hours of continuing education (CE) every 2 years, including 3 hours in ethics, 3 hours in HIV/AIDS/STD/BBP, 3 hours in the special topics of nicotine dependence, substance abuse in veterans, substance abuse in older adults, psychopathology, and/or evidence based treatment. Thirty (30) of the sixty (60) hours can be earned online through athealth.com.

LCAS – Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist
http://www.ncsappb.org/renewal-information/
40 clock hours of continuing education (CE) including 3 hours in ethics, 3 hours in HIV/AIDS/STD/BBP, 3 hours in the special topics of nicotine dependence, substance abuse in veterans, substance abuse in older adults, psychopathology, and/or evidence based treatment. Twenty (20) of the forty (40) hours can be earned online through athealth.com.

CSAPC – Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant
http://www.ncsappb.org/renewal-information/
60 clock hours of continuing education (CE), including 3 hours in ethics, 3 hours in HIV/AIDS/STD/BBP, 3 hours in the special topics of nicotine dependence, substance abuse in veterans, substance abuse in older adults, psychopathology, and/or evidence based treatment. Thirty (30) of the sixty (60) hours can be earned online through athealth.com.

CCJP – Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional
http://www.ncsappb.org/renewal-information/
60 clock hours of continuing education (CE), including 3 hours in ethics, 3 hours in HIV/AIDS/STD/BBP, 3 hours in the special topics of nicotine dependence, substance abuse in veterans, substance abuse in older adults, psychopathology, and/or evidence based treatment. Thirty (30) of the sixty (60) hours can be earned online through athealth.com.

CCS – Certified Clinical Supervisor
http://www.ncsappb.org/renewal-information/
15 hours of clinical supervision training, or 12 core function training. Up to 3.75 hours may be from providing supervision to other clinicians. Fifty percent (50%) of the required clock hours can be earned online.


Initial Certification

The following information relates to the required clock hours for each initial certification. Check with the Board for any additional requirements.

Fifty percent (50%) of the required clock hours can be earned through distance learning. For example, if a counselor is required to learn 270 total clock hours, 135 of those hours can be earned online, subject to topic requirements such as ethics, substance abuse and veterans, etc.

CSAC – Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
http://www.ncsappb.org/credentialing/certified-substance-abuse-counselor/
For initial certification: Counselors must take 270 clock hours of training. One hundred ninety (190) hours must be substance abuse specific. Fifty percent (50%) can be earned online. Hours must include 6 hours of HIV/AIDS/BB/STD/Infectious Disease, 6 hours of ethics, and 6 hours in a) nicotine dependence, b) substance abuse in veterans, c) substance abuse in older adults, d) psychopathology, and/or e) evidence based treatment approaches.

LCAS – Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist
http://www.ncsappb.org/credentialing/licensed-clinical-addiction-specialist/
For initial certification: LCASs must take 180 hours of training that are substance abuse specific, including 6 hours HIV/AIDS/BB/STD, 6 hours of ethics, 6 hours of clinical supervision specific training, and 6 hours in a) nicotine dependence, b) substance abuse in veterans, c) substance abuse in older adults, d) psychopathology, and/or e) evidence based treatment approaches.

CCS - Certified Clinical Supervisor
http://www.ncsappb.org/credentialing/certified-clinical-supervisor/
This is not a standalone credential. For initial certification: Must have 30 hours of clinical supervisory specific education

CSAPC - Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant
http://www.ncsappb.org/credentialing/certified-substance-abuse-prevention-consultant/
For initial certification: CSAPCs must take 270 hours of board approved training as follows: 170 hours in the area of primary prevention; and 100 hours in substance abuse specific material which includes 6 hours in HIV/AIDS training and 3 hours in professional prevention ethics training. All hours must pertain to the IC&RC Performance Domains.

CCJP - Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional
http://www.ncsappb.org/credentialing/certified-criminal-justice-addictions-professional/
For initial certification: 3 clock hours of ethics training. Contact Board for additional requirements.

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State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the North Carolina continuing education regulations, go to http://www.ncsappb.org/renewal-information/

Page last modified or reviewed by athealth.com on June 27, 2015