Continuing Education for Addiction Counselors in Colorado

CE requirements for CO addiction counselors:

Certified Addiction Counselors II and III
Licensed Addiction Counselors

  • 40 PDH (professional development hours) every 2 years
  • No more than 20 PDH in a single PDA (or category)
  • 1 clock hour = 1 PDH

PDA (professional development activities) must develop your professional skill and be directly relevant to competence in addiction counseling and the behavioral health field.

CE Approvals: The Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners does not approve courses, but will accept relevant courses from NBCC and NAADAC approved providers. At Health, Inc. is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6719. is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460

CO addiction counselors can earn twenty (20) of their professional development hours online through View the course catalog at

State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the Colorado continuing education regulations,

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