Michigan Addiction Counselor Certification & CEUs


Certified Addiction Counselor Requirements (CAC-R)

  • Experience:
    No degree – 8,000 hours
    Bachelors – 4,000 hours
    Masters – 2,000 hours
    Degree must be in behavioral science/human services from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • 270 contact hours of education
    Minimum of 180 hours must be “specific” to substance abuse.*
  • 300 hours direct supervision specific to the counseling of AODA clients (with a minimum of 10 hours in each Core Function)
  • IC&RC written exam and CPM oral exam


Clinical Evaluation – 35Assessment and Screening
Treatment Planning – 20Treatment Planning
Referral – 5Case Management, Referral and Service Coordination
Service Coordination – 5Case Management, Referral and Service Coordination
Counseling – 50Counseling and Crisis Intervention
Client & Community Education – 15Community and General Education
Documentation – 15Documentation
Professional Ethics & Responsibility – 30Ethics, Legal and Professional Identity
Supervision – 15Supervision
Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge- 80Counseling and Crisis Intervention
Application to Practice/Professional Readiness – 80Counseling and Crisis Intervention
4 hours must be in HIV/AIDS*HIV and Bloodborne Pathogens
2 hours must be in Domestic Violence education and trainingDomestic Violence