Next Steps to Obtain your Certification.

Upon completion of the three addictions courses and the ethics course, you will need to do the following in order to receive the full certification:

  • Find a practicum site that allows you to gain experience in the 12 Core Functions of alcohol and drug abuse counseling. The Michigan Certification Board has a list of approved sites. You do not have to be signed up for an official practicum course than an institution to gain the practicum experience in this area. 
  • Pass the IC&RC/AAODA examination. 
  • Complete 2000 hours of counseling experience working with AODA clients at a program licensed by the State of Michigan. The hands-on internship/practicum experience may count toward these hours if it was completed at a state licensed substance abuse program. See the MCBAP website for locations. There are many in the Grand Rapids Area.
  • Apply for the Certification. 
  • Have already obtained your master's degree in counseling, social work, psychology or a related field. Please go to the Michigan Certification Board website at for more detailed requirements and certification processes. The CAADC application and materials are helpful as well.