How do I get an addition counselor certification?

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How do I get an addition counselor certification?

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For starters, it is necessary to mention that the requirements for becoming an addictions counselor will vary by state, so it is worth researching where you live to find the specific requirements that you need to meet in order to achieve this goal. That being said, there are several options for what education is needed to get into the addictions counseling field. While a bachelor's degree will give you the best start toward certification, it can be worked around if you have a lot of on the job experience. The higher the degree, the fewer number of hours you need from work experience. For example, in the state of Florida, in addition to the hour requirements listed below, an individual also needs to have complied at least 270 hours of specific training and have 300 hours of direct supervision in a professional addictions counseling setting.

1. Highschool Diploma/GED

  • 6000 Hours

2. Associate's Degree

  • 5000 Hours

3. Bachelor's Degree

  • Related Major: 4000 Hours
  • Unrelated Major: 5000 Hours

4. Master's Degree

  • 2000 Hours

For more information about becoming an addiction counselor, check out this article: How to Choose a School or Program for Addiction Counselors

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