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Certified Addiction Counselor Level I (CAC I) is an entry-level gateway for the addiction professional’s career path. The initial 1000 hours of verified work experience for a Level I might not involve psychotherapy activities as defined in the Mental Health Practice Act, and therefore do not require registration. However, if the initial 1000 hours include psychotherapy activities the applicant must be registered in the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) database in order to receive work experience credit and be compliant with the Mental Health Practice Act. If an individual plans to accrue hours for a Level II certification (CAC II) without first achieving a level I (CAC I), then registration in the database as a RP is required to be compliant.
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Education equivalency documents must be submitted unbound (no notebooks, binders or hard bound books) in an electronic PDF file to your application specialist.
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License Expiration Grace Period for New Applicants. All new applicants who are issued a certification/license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a certification/license with the subsequent expiration date. For example, certifications/licenses issued between May 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013 will reflect a certification/license expiration date of August 31, 2015. Certifications/licenses issued prior to May 1, 2013 will reflect an expiration date of August 31, 2013 and must renew in the upcoming renewal period.
License Renewal Information. All Addiction Counselor certifications and licenses expire on August 31 of odd-numbered years and must be renewed to continue practicing.
The Division of Professions and Occupations provides test accommodations to applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). To submit a request for accommodations, please complete the Test Accommodations Request Form provided in the link below and return it and the documentation requested in Part II of the Form with your application materials.
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