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- Be an active member of GACA/NAADAC (optional, but qualifies for member discounts)
- Must hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher degree. Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited and listed on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation web site (www.chea.org) or other approved reference list. Exceptions must have Certification Board ruling.
- 3 years full-time or 6,000 hours active practice as a chemical dependency/abuse counselor in the past 8 years. Volunteer counseling supervised by a GACA Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) may also be accepted in lieu of paid hours to equal 6,000 hours
- 270 contact hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse or related counseling subjects, including six hours of ethics training, 27 hours of cultural diversity training, and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS education. Minimum 160 contact hours within the past 5 years. Maximum 135 hours may come from a college transcript. (See Worksheet for Calculating Clock Hours for details)
- 144 hours of supervision from a GACA Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). A minimum of 36 of these hours must be one-on-one supervision, with at least 2 hours of individual supervision in each counselor skill group.
- Passing score on National Certification (Written) Examination for Addiction Counselors Level I or Level II.
- Must be cleared of all pending charges concerning drug and alcohol use or abuse, or felonies and at least two years post-completion of all sentencing requirements to include probation. Request for exception or appeals for non-felony charges may be made in writing to the Certification Board.
- Applicant must have met minimum requirements above CACII prior to submission of the application (EXCEPTION: Written examination will be taken following application approval by the Certification Board)
- Completed and signed GACA Certification Application including signed statement that the applicant has read the NAADAC Code of Ethics and subscribes to it
- Two professional letters of reference stating the applicant’s character and competency to be sent directly to GACA. One letter must be from a GACA-certified counselor.
- Written verification of competency in all skill groups by the work supervisor(s) who has personally observed the applicant’s chemical dependency/abuse counseling work
- Written verification of competency in all skill groups by the Certified Clinical Supervisor(s) who has personally supervised the applicant’s practical experience
- Documentation of Education and Training Hours in the form of certificates of completion and original college transcript(s) . Transcript must be unopened by the applicant or sent directly from the college, university or other institution
- If applicable, documentation and explanation of all cleared pending charges concerning drug and alcohol use or abuse, or felonies and at least two years post-completion of all sentencing requirements to include probation. Request for exception or appeals for non-felony charges may be made in writing to the Certification Board.
- Payment of non-refundable application fee
Each level of certification will be for a period of two 2 years. An applicant is not permitted to use the CAC credential or refer to him/herself as a Certified Addiction Counselor until formal notification by the Certification Board of Georgia Addiction Counselors Association. Counselor must meet renewal requirements in effect at the time of recertification.