Ohio - CDCA, LCDC II, LCDC III & LICDC Training

Ohio - CDCA, LCDC II, LCDC III & LICDC Training & CertificationIn the state of Ohio there is one lower level credential and three licensures related to working in the chemical dependency field:

  • CDCA - Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant
  • LCDC II - Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II
  • LCDC III - Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III
  • LICDC - Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

We provide the curriculum that fulfills the education requirements of the 4 credentials in Ohio.

CDCA

CDCA Requirements

Previous Education High School Diploma/GED
Education 40 hours in chemical dependency counseling/clinical methods
Work Experience in an Addiction Counseling Environment Must be currently employed in an addiction counseling setting that utlizes the 12 core functions
Direct Supervision n/a
Test n/a

According the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, to become a CDCA "applicants must document forty (40) hours of education in chemical dependency counseling/clinical methods." The 40 hours of required education can be fulfilled by completing any of the following independent study courses that specifically relate to the chemical dependency counseling field. Though these courses are intended for recertification/relicensure, they are appropriate for completing the education requirements to become a CDCA.

LCDC II

LCDC II Requirements

Previous education Associate's degree in the behavioral sciences or a Bachelor's degree in any field
Education 270 hours Chemical Dependency Education
Work Experience in an Addiction Counseling Environment 3 years full time work - 6,000 hours.*
Direct Supervision 330 documented hours utilizing the 12 core functions
Test AODA written exam
*Associate's Degree in behavioral science substitutes 6 months work experience, Bachelor's degree in behavioral science substitutes 1 year and Master's degree in behavioral science substitutes 2 years

To review the curriculum, cost of tuition and other important aspects of the distance learning program that fulfills the education requirements to become an LCDC II, please see the distance learning page.

LCDC III

LCDC III Requirements

Previous education Bachelor's degree in the behavioral sciences
Education 270 hours Chemical Dependency Education
Work Experience in an Addiction Counseling Environment 2 years full time work, or 4,000 hours. A Master's degree substitutes 1 year, or 2,000 hours.
Direct Supervision 330 documented hours utilizing the 12 core functions
Test AODA written exam

To review the distance learning program that meets the education requirement to become an LCDC III, see the distance learning page.

LICDC

LICDC Requirements

Previous education Master's degree in the behavioral sciences
Education 270 hours Chemical Dependency Education
Work Experience in an Addiction Counseling Environment 3 years full time work, or 6,000 hours. Two years (4,000 hours) of the three must be in clinical supervisory experience.
Direct Supervision 330 documented hours utilizing the 12 core functions
Test AODA written exam and the CS written exam

Click here for information on the required 270 hour addiction specific education to become an LICDC in Ohio.

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