Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor

Please review the specific requirements for each of the levels of licensure/certification to select the appropriate level application packet.

    • Official transcripts showing completion of a Bachelors degree in approved social science field from an accredited college or university
    • Proof of the completion of 2 years full time employment (4,000 hours) supervised experience providing alcohol and drug abuse counseling (see allowances)
    • Submittal of $445.00 (this includes $150 for request for application, $60 for processing & $235 testing fees)
    • Written exam covers:
      • Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
      • Counseling Practice
      • Theoretical Base of Counseling
      • Professional Issues: Ethics, Confidentiality and Federal Dept. of Transportation Regulations
    • You will be taking the NAADAC Level II written examination
    • An individual must pass the examinations required by the board with an average score of at least 70% to proceed to the oral boards
    • Oral exam – an individual must receive a 70% or better to pass


        NAC 641C.205

        WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE: If you complete 18 semester units in addictions you will reduce the number of required hours of employment experience to 1,500 hrs.,
        WITH A MASTERS DEGREE: If you complete 12 semester units in addictions you will reduce the number of hours of practical experience to 1,500 hrs

          NAC 641C.070 "Field of social science" interpreted; qualification of degree.

          (NRS 641C.200, 641C.350, 641C.390, 641C.420, 641C.430, 641C.440) For the purposes of this chapter and NRS 641C.350, 641C.390, 641C.420, 641C.430 and 641C.440:

            1. The Board will interpret the term “field of social science” to mean:
              1. Any program in:
                1. Counseling alcohol and substance abusers;
                2. Counseling problem gamblers;
                3. Psychiatry;
                4. Psychology;
                5. Social work;
                6. Marriage and family therapy;
                7. Nursing; or
                8. Medicine; or
              2. Any other program related to the study of the human mind and mental illness.
            2. The Board may consider whether the course descriptions for a degree from an accredited college or university that includes at least 2 4 semester hours or 32 quarter hours of courses relating to counseling qualify the degree as a degree in a “field of social science.”