Virginia Substance Abuse Counselor Certification

To be certified substance abuse counselors in Virginia are required to take 400 hours of substance abuse education.

To be certified substance abuse counseling assistants are required to take 300 hours of substance abuse education

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CE Approvals: To meet the certification requirements, the Virginia Board of Counseling accepts courses from providers approved by such organizations as NBCC and NAADAC. 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

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

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