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Addiction Counselor Continuing Education Requirements by State

*Last Updated - 8/15/2018

AAACEUs is an approved provider of continuing education (CE) for addiction counselors through approval by CCAPP, MCBAP, and NAADAC.

  • CCAPP Provider #OS-18-302-0720
  • NAADAC Provider #176673
  • MCBAP Approved
NAADAC approved courses are accepted by over 40 state boards of addiction. To view a complete list of state boards currently accepting NAADAC approved courses, please click here.

To learn more about our course offerings for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC Pre-Approved), click here.

To learn more about our course offerings for MCBAP-R, click here; and for MCBAP-S, click here.

To learn more about our course offerings for CCAPP, click here.

Below, please find a reference guide showing the requirements for renewal on the state level. This information is intended to be a reference guide and not an official source. As requirements can change and are periodically updated, we always recommend you check with your state board.

State CE Requirements for Addiction Counselors Phone State Governing Agency
Alabama Effective August 1, 2011, a minimum of seventy-five percent (75%) of the continuing education activities required for any licensure renewal period must consist of real-time participation in seminars, classes, workshops, presentations, training programs, or similar activities. Such real-time participation must involve licensee presence in the location of the activity as it occurs or use of interactive technology by the licensee for the activity as it occurs. Self-contained activities (e.g., recorded presentations, reading, online study) that do not feature opportunities for dialogue and interaction for the licensee as the activity occurs do not qualify as real-time participation in continuing educaiton. For ALC and LPC specifec requirments click here http://www.abec.state.al.us/PDFs/Education/LicenseRenewalContinuingEducation.pdf 205-458-8716 Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling
Alaska Addiction counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education (CEUs), including:

- 3 CE hours of ethics
- 3 CE hours of confidentiality
907-332-4333 Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification
Arizona Addiction Counselors are required to complete a minimum of 30 clock hours total of continuing education (CEUs), A minimum of 3 clock hours (CEUs) in behavioral health ethics/mental health law A minimum of 3 clock hours (CEUs) in cultural competency/diversity. The 3 clock hours (CEUs) Arizona Statutes/Regulations Tutorial (for renewal applications submitted on or after 01/01/18), a tutorial can be found on the Quick Links menu on the Board's website. A minimum of 20 clock hours (CEUs) in the categories prescribed in A.A.C. R4-6-802(E) for licensees with substance abuse licensure 602-542-1882 Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
Arkansas LADAC, LAADAC and CADAT 40 hours CE with 6 hours in Ethics. Deadline: Dec. 31 501-749-4040 Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board
California A total of 50 hours of continuing education is required every two years for most CCAPP credentials*. These hours must include a minimum of 40 continuing education hours, of which six must be in ethics. Continuing education hours must be earned through a CCAPP approved provider with a current provider number. 10 hours may be earned in "professional development (professional development hours PDHs). PDHs do not have to be earned through CCAPP providers. The 50 hour requirement can be met with all CEH education, or any combination of hours, as long as the PDH portion is NOT MORE THAN 10 HOURS.

Please note any course over 10 CEUs/Contact Hours/Hours, must be completed over a 72 hour (or more) time period. Your certificate of completion will reflect the amount of time you took to complete and pass the course. For example, "Completed - July 7th - July 10th, 2018"

The link to CCAPP which explains how to transfer from CAADE to CCAPP: https://ccappcredentialing.org/index.php/ccapp-transfer Have questions? Check out the FAQs about CAADE transfers to CCAPP http://caadeccapptransfer.com/faq/ AAACEUs is a CCAPP Approved Provider #OS-18-302-0720
(800) 564-5927 California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals
Colorado Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEUs). Continuing Education Deadline: August 31st. No more than 20 PDH in a single PDA (or category) will be accepted. 303-894-7800 State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners
Connecticut Addiction Counselors are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (CEUs). Continuing Education Deadline: Individual. After January 1, 2016, alcohol and drug counselors are required to complete not less than two contact hours of training or education and not less than once every six years thereafter on the topic of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, including (1) determining whether a patient is a veteran or family member of a veteran, (2) screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and (3) suicide prevention training. 860-509-7603 Connecticut Department of Public Health Practitioner Licensing and Investigations Section
Delaware Professionals Licensees must complete at least 40 acceptable CE hours (CEUs) during the previous licensure period in order to renew their license. Biennially on September 30 of even numbered years. 302-744-4500 Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals
District of Columbia Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 6 hours in Ethics and 3 hours in Trauma Counseling (The Ethics and Trauma Counseling courses must be face-to-face). Continuing Education Deadline: Individual 202-442-5955 DC Health
Florida MCAP/CAP need 20 hours (CEUs) per year, and training must be related to at least one MCAP/CAP performance domain. June renewal 850-222-6314 Florida Certification Board
Georgia Renewal of certification will be for a period of two (2) years. Re-certification will be based on acceptable documentation of 40 clock/contact hours of continuing education (CEUs) during the preceding term of certification. Of the 40 hours required, 20 hours must have a clearly visible GACA Provider Number, be in-classroom face-to-face continuing education. The remaining 20 hours may be other counseling-related topics. A total of 6 hours of Ethics must be included in the 40 hours. 770-434-1000 Georgia Addiction Counselors Association
Hawaii Renewal every two years, you need a total of 40 continuing education content hours (CE hours), specific to alcohol and drug abuse training only, including 6 education hours in professional ethics. 808-692-7528 Hawaii Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
Idaho 40 clock hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 4 hours in Ethics (face to face). Board accepts 20 CE hours distance learning courses. 907-462-2551 Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselors Certification, Inc.
Illinois Forty (40) ICB approved continuing education units (CEUs) are required within the two-year certification period. For CSADCs and CAADCs Minimum 25 CEUs of education specific to Core Functions of AOD - six (6) of the 25 CEUs needed for Category II must be training received in how to provide clinical supervision.

CADCs who are also Licensed Private Practitioners, are required to only submit ten (10) Category I alcohol and other drug specific CEUs for recertification.
217-698-8110 Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Professional Certification Association, Inc.
Indiana LAC and LCAC 40 clock hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 2 hours in Ethics. A licensee shall complete not less than 20 CEUs per year. A minimum of 1 CEU per year in Ethics. Continuing Education Deadline: March 31st 317-232-2960 Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
Iowa Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 clock hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 3 hours in Ethics. Continuing Education Deadline: Individual 515-965-5509 Iowa Board of Certification
Kansas Addiction Counselors are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 3 hours in Ethics and 6 hours in Diagnosis and Treatment. Continuing Education Deadline: Individual 785-296-3240 Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
Kentucky 60 CEUs earned during the 3 year period for renewal (based on your issue date)
- At least 50% of CEUs are to be live, face-to-face presentations if your renewal date is greater than Aug. 24th, 2018
- At least 3 of the 60 CEUs shall be in ethics
- At least 6 of the 60 CEUs shall be in suicide training, due once every 6 yrs
- At least 3 of the 60 CEUs shall be in supervisory practices for Board Approved Supervisors
502-564-3296 Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Louisiana Addiction Counselors are required to complete 48 clock hours of continuing education credit (CEUs). If CCGC, must have 16 clock hours of Compulsive Gambling. If CCS, must have 8 hours of Supervision. CCGC, RP, and CCS must have 6 clock hours of Ethics. The Louisiana licensing renewal Board accepts 48 CE hours of home study courses. Continuing Education Deadline: Individual 225-361-0698 Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority
Maine Addiction Counselors are required to complete 36 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) for LADC, and 24 contact hours for CADC, with 4 contact hours in Ethics. Continuing Education Deadline: Nov 30 207-624-8626 Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Maryland Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs). Continuing Education Deadline: January 31st 410-767-6500 Maryland Board Department of Health
Michigan CAADC/CADC Renewal at the end of the two (2) year period requires submission of the Renewal Application and proof of completion of at least 40 hours of continuing education, with at least 20 hours being SUD specific. 517-347-0891 Michigan Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Minnesota Every two years, all licensees must complete a minimum of 40 clock hours of continuing education (CEUs) activities. The 40 clock hours shall included a minimum of 9 clock hours on diversity and a minimum of 3 clock hours on professional ethics. Continuing education is reported at the time of renewal. 612-548-2177 Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Mississippi No formal CE required. N/A N/A
Missouri Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 6 hours in Ethics face-to-face and 14 hours in Compulsive Gambling. Continuing Education Deadline: Individual 573-616-2300 Missouri Credentialing Board
Montana Addiction Counselors are required to complete 20 CE hours per year. Continuing Education Deadline: June 30th 406-444-6880 Montana Board of Social Work Examiners, Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, & Licensed Addiction Counselors
Nebraska Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEUs), at least 50% of the courses taken must be alcohol and drug specific. Continuing Education Deadline: September 1st 402-471-3121 Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada To maintain his licensure or certification, as appropriate, a counselor must attend at least 40 hours of continuing education during the 2-year period of licensure or certification, including, without limitation: (a) At least 3 hours of continuing education that pertain to ethics; and (b) At least 3 hours of continuing education that pertain to the standards of confidentiality required pursuant to NAC 641C.425 and, if applicable, the standards of confidentiality set forth in 42 C.F.R. Part 2 and the related provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 set forth in 45 C.F.R. Part 160. Deadline: June 30th 775-689-0563 The Nevada Board Of Examiners For Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Counselors
New Hampshire For master licensed alcohol and drug counselors and licensed alcohol and drug counselors, 48 hours of approved continuing education (CEUs) in the 24 months subsequent to the date of licensure or re-licensure.

(b) For licensed clinical supervisors, 6 hours of training in clinical supervision which may be incorporated into the hours needed for LADC re-licensure in the 24 months subsequent to the date of licensure or re-licensure.

(c) For certified recovery support workers, 12 hours of approved continuing education in the 24 months subsequent to the date of certification or re-certification.
603-271-6761 Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals
New Jersey Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of CE credit if licensed or 60 hours of CE credit if certified with 3 hours of Cultural Competency. Continuing Education Deadline: July 31st. 800-382-6717 NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
New Mexico Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education which must have been acquired from October 1 through September 30. All licensees must obtain six (6) CEU hours of ethics. All licensees who are providing supervision must obtain three (3) CEU hours of supervision. 505-476-4500 Boards and Commissions
New York Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC):
- 15 hours recovery-specific education (multiple courses); plus, 3 hours peer ethics

Certified Recover Peer Advocate (CRPA):
- 24 hours recovery-specific education (multiple courses); plus, 4 hours peer ethics
518-426-3122 The New York Certification Board
North Carolina 60 hours (CEUs) for CSAC, CSAPC, CCJP and 40 hrs for LCAS, with 3 hours in Ethics, 3 hours of Nicotine Dependence, and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS. 15 hours for CCS of clinical supervision training, or 12 core function training. Up-to 3.75 hours may be from providing supervision to other clinicians. 919-832-5975 North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board
North Dakota Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEUs). 10 contact hours in Supervision is required if supervisor. Continuing Education Deadline: December 31st 701-255-1439 North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners
Ohio CDCA, LCDC II, LCDC III, LICDC & LICDC-CS renewal requirements:

- Forty (40) hours of field related continuing education is required - Six (6) hours must be chemical dependency specific - Three (3) hours must be in ethics
614-387-1110 Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
Oklahoma Addiction Counselors are required to complete 20 CE hours with 3 hours in Ethics. Deadline: June 30th 405-521-0779 Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors
Oregon The recertification applicant must demonstrate 40 clock hours of continuing education (CEUs). All CADCs must complete 6 hours of Ethics continuing education and 2 hours of Tobacco Dependence/Prevention as a part of their 40 hours of continuing education, in order to renew their certification. 503-231-8164 Addictions Counselors Certification Board of Oregon
Pennsylvania Board l requires, as a condition of biennial renewal of a professional counselor's license, the completion during the preceding biennium of 30 clock hours of continuing education ed providers which shall include at least 3 clock hours in ethical issues. Up to 20 clock hours may be obtained by home study. Excess clock hours may not be carried over to the next biennium. 717-783-1389 Pennsylvania State Board Of Social Workers, Marriage And Family Therapists And Professional Counselors
Rhode Island Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC):

40 hours of RICB approved education, including 30 hours substance abuse specific, and three hours in professional ethics and responsibilities received within the two year recertification cycle

Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC):

40 hours of RICB approved education, including 30 hours substance abuse specific, and three hours in professional ethics and responsibilities received within the two year recertification cycle

401-349-3822 Rhode Island Certification Board
South Carolina Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education credit (CEUs) with 2 hours in Ethics. Continuing Education Deadline: Individual 803-540-7527 South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC)
South Dakota Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education credit if Single Credential; 60 hours if Dual Credential; and 20 hours if Trainee. 605-332-2645 Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals
Tennessee Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors are required to fulfill fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education each calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Nine (9) hours must be face to face and six (6) hours may be multi-media with at least three (3) of the fifteen (15) hours relating to ethics. 615-741-5735 Tennessee Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Texas CE Requirements for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor License Renewal:

A LCDC who holds a master's or other advanced degree must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during each two-year licensure period. The 24 hours of education must include the specific courses required by rule(see above).

A LCDC who does not hold a master's or other advanced degree must complete at least 40 hours of continuing education.

CE hours submitted in excess of your required amount will not be carried over to your next renewal.
512-834-6605 Texas Department of State Health Services
Utah Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education (CEUs) directly related to your professional practice, of which at least 6 hours must be in the area of professional ethics and responsibilities and 2 hours in suicide prevention. 801-530-7632 Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Vermont Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 CE hours with 6 hours in Ethics. Deadline: January 31st 802-828-1505 The Vermont Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board
Virginia Addiction Counselors are required to complete 20 CE hours with 2 hours in Ethics. Deadline: June 30th 804-367-4610 Virginia Board of Counseling
Washington Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP):

CDP 28 CE hours with 4 hours in Ethics (See our 4 hour Ethics Course). Deadline: Individual
360-236-4501 Washington State Department of Health
West Virginia Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC):

- Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethics. Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC):

- Must re-certify every two years with 40 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of addiction specific ethic
304-768-2942 West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction & Prevention Professionals
Wisconsin Addiction Counselors are required to complete 40 CE hours. Continuing Education Deadline: February 28th 608-266-2112 Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wyoming Addiction Counselors are required to complete 45 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEUs). Continuing Education Deadline: 2 years on holder's birthday 307-777-3628 Mental Health Professions Licensing Board