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CAC Certification Requirements

CLASSES ARE HELD FROM 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM DAILY. ONLINE CLASSES ARE DESIGNED TO BE 1 HOUR PER DAY.

 All Odyssey CAC classes are OBH approved for Level I, II, III CAC requirements

CLASSES FOR CAC I, II, III students with a high school or bachelors degree - Clinical Masters degree requirements see below

CAC I

High school diploma/GED

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  • Addiction Counseling Skills            (21 hours)
  • Client Record Management            (14 hours)
  • Principles of Addiction Treatment (21 hours)
  • Ethics I:  Ethics and Jurisprudence                           (14 hours)
  • Culturally Informed Treatment                           (14 hours)
  • Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment            (14 hours)
  • Pharmacology I 
    (14 hours)

 

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Total training hours = 112

 

1000 hours of clinically  supervised work experience

 

3 hours of clinical supervision* per month for full time work

CAC II

High school diploma/GED

_____National Exam______

CAC I training plus:

  • Ethics II (14 hours) Prerequisite is Ethics
  •   Motivational Interviewing              (21 hours) Prerequisite is Addiction Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (14 hours)
  • Group Counseling Skills     (21 hours)
  • Pharmacology II            (14 hours) Prerequisite is Pham I
  • Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning           (14 hours) Prerequisite is Client Record Mgmt
  • Co-Occurring Disorders     (14 hours)
  • Trauma Informed Care  Diverse Populations           (14 hours)  

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Total training hours = 126

Additional 2000 hours of clinically supervised work  = 3000 hours

 3 hours of clinical supervision* per month for full time work

CAC III

Bachelors Degree

____National Exam____

CAC II Certification plus:

  • Clinical Supervision I         (21 hours)  
  • Clinical Supervision II        (14 hours) Prerequisite is Clinical Supervision I and Advanced Motivational Interviewing 
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing               (14 hours) Prerequisite is  Motivational Interviewing  
  • Professional Practice        (7 hours)

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Total training hours = 56

 

Additional 2000 hours of clinically supervised work experience = 5000 hours

2 hours of clinical supervision* per month for full time work

 

       

 

              

 Requirements for application for a CAC II with a Masters or Doctorate degree in the behavioral health sciences: 

1. Principles of Addiction Tx – 21  hours 

2. Infectious Diseases in Addiction Tx  14 hours 

3. Pharmacology I – 14 hours

 4. Pharmacology II – 14 hours                (Prerequisite is Pharmacology I)

 5. Motivational Interviewing – 21 hours

 6. Group Counseling Skills – 21  hours

 7. Professional Ethics II – 14 clock hours

 •  Completion of 2000 hours of work experience in the addiction treatment field with direct clinical supervision by a CAC III, LAC or other qualified supervisor* at a minimum of two hours per month for full time work.  

•  Passage of a national examination sponsored by NAADAC—the MAC exam is recommended. 

Course # 1, 5, 6, 7  may qualify for academic equivalent

Requirements for application for a CAC III and LAC with a Masters or Doctorate degree in the behavioral health sciences:

 The applicant must meet all the requirements listed above for CAC II, plus the requirements listed below.  

8. Clinical Supervision I – 21 clock hours 

9. Clinical Supervision II – 14 clock hours (Prerequisite is both Advanced Motivational Interviewing and Clinical Supervision II)                                            

10. Advanced Motivational Interviewing – (Prerequisite is Motivational Interviewing) 

•  Completion of 3000 total hours of work experience in the addiction treatment field with direct clinical supervision by a CAC III, LAC or other qualified supervisor* at a minimum of two hours per month for full time work.

·National exam sponsored by NAADAC – the MAC exam is recommended

Course # 10 may qualify for academic equivalent.

 

 Continuing Education Information:

OBH - Office of Behavioral Health (Formally ADAD):
General Information: 303-866-7480
All CAC Classes are DBH approved for level I, II, and III certification requirements.

Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA):
Contact DORA for application packet to become a Certified Addictions Counselor at 303-894-7766. The application can also be found online at DORA's Website.

National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC):
Odyssey Training Center is an approved NAADAC provider (#344) and all the workshops are NAADAC approved for Continuing Education Credit.

Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB):
All the Domestic Violence Counseling workshops at Odyssey Training Center are designed for Domestic Violence Providers. The Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) does not pre-approve classes. For more information and the standards please contact the DVOMB at 303-239-4456.