Where can I obtain specific information about the criteria for Addictions Certification?
All certification requirements can be obtained by
contacting the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional
Certification (IAODAPCA)/Illinois Certification Board (ICB) at
800-272-2632 (within Illinois) or by visiting
What are some of the career opportunities for the certified counselor?
CADC's can seek employment in a number of substance abuse facilities, including inpatient, detox, residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and
dual diagnosis programs throughout the state. There are hundreds of such licensed facilities in the state of Illinois and certified counselors will meet the eligibility requirements for such positions as
substance abuse counselor and related job titles. More information about career opportunities, including salary ranges, can be obtained by visiting our
career opportunities page.
What are the requirements of the practicum, and how do I get placed at a site?
In order to be eligible to begin work in the practicum setting, a student must
first complete a minimum of 30 credits in ADC coursework with a grade of
"C" or higher in each course, including all of the required courses in
the ADC-100 and 200 series. A formal application is required to be submitted to
the program coordinator who will approve students to enroll in the practicum
session. Once a student has been approved, the student will receive a copy of
the approved practicum site list and may begin contacting sites to arrange to
begin their practicum. The internship coordinator, will assist students
throughout the process and will work with the practicum site's supervisors to
ensure that all Moraine Valley and IAODAPCA requirements are being met at the
Are there any classes offered on evenings or Saturdays?
Moraine Valley is committed to meet students' needs in class availability. Currently, we have day, evening
and Saturday classes as well as online classes with an open schedule. Student input on class scheduling and class offerings is welcomed in order to ensure student satisfaction and to meet the needs of those students who may have special needs.
How will Moraine Valley's Addictions
Studies Certificate Program help me to obtain certification?
Our Addiction Studies Certificate Program is approved by IAODAPCA and will
prepare the student to meet the requirements in all ICB required educational and
training areas required by IAODAPCA. Successful completion of the Addictions
Studies Program through Moraine Valley provides the student with the educational
requirements as well as the supervisory requirements through our practicum
program, needed for state certification. An Associate degree or higher in the
Human Services field will also meet the work experience requirement needed
for state certification.
Approximately how long will it take for
me to complete the Certificate Studies Program?
Moraine Valley offers two levels of training: Associate in Applied Science
Degree and a Certificate Program. The Certificate program involves completing 44
credit hours of course work, which includes the completion of 500-hour practicum
experience in an approved substance abuse facility. Students may work at their
own pace, taking one or more classes per semesters. The amount of time it will
take depends upon the student's availability to take the schedule classes and
complete the required practicum hours. A suggested program for the Certificate
may be found using the following link:
The Associate's in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Addictions Studies
requires 64 credit hours, including 44 hours of addictions classes and 20 credit
hours of career electives. A suggested schedule for the Associate in Applied
Science Degree may be found using the following link:
Which program should I pursue - the
Associate in Applied Science degree or the Certificate in Addictions Studies?
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Addiction
Studies is designed to give students an opportunity to develop the skills
necessary to become a certified addictions counselor in Illinois through the
Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association
(IAODAPCA) / Illinois Certification Board (ICB ) . The Illinois Division of
Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA), under the Department of Human Services,
requires all clinical staff working in a licensed addictions treatment program
to be certified as an Addictions Counselor through IAODAPCA within two years of
employment. This is one of the main credentials listed in the state regulations
regarding 'staff competency'. Students who complete the Associate in Applied
Science degree are eligible to take the credentialing exam for the Certified
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC). Upon completion of this degree,
the two-year work experience requirement for certification is waived.
The primary goal of the Certificate in Addictions
Studies Program is to give students who already possess a degree in Human
Services an opportunity to become certified alcohol counselors in Illinois
through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification
Association (IAODAPCA). Students who do not hold a degree in one of the Human
Services and / or lack paid professional experience as an alcohol and drug
counselor and who complete the Addictions Studies Certificate Program will also
be required to complete two years of work experience to meet the eligibility
If I take the courses in Addictions Studies, will
I be prepared to take the certification exam?
Yes, classes offered are specifically designed to prepare a
student to take and pass the certification exam. Most Moraine Valley graduates
of Addictions Studies Programs challenge the
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
(CADC) exam offered by the
Illinois Alcohol and
Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association/Illinois
Certification Board (ICB) and perform extremely well.
If I complete the Addictions
Studies Program at Moraine Valley, will I still need 2 years of paid
professional work experience in order to become certified?
If a student completes the Associate in Applied Science Degree in
Addictions Studies, the work experience requirement will be considered met by
the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association
(IAODAPCA) / Illinois Certification Board (ICB) . This means that once a student
completes the work necessary for the Associate in Applied Science Degree in
Addictions Studies all that remains is for the student to take and pass the
IAODAPCA Certification Exam. Once this is done, the student will be fully
A student who completes the certificate program
in Addictions Studies will need to follow the IAODAPCA guidelines requiring the
work experience requirement. The Program Coordinators will be able to assists
the student in exploring options to meet this part of the certification process.
I have taken similar courses at another
school, can I have these courses waived at Moraine Valley?
You may be able to have previously completed Addictions classes waived.
These decisions are made by the Program Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
First, only classes that you have earned a "C" or higher will be considered.
Next, students must submit copies of the syllabi and catalog descriptions of
coursework completed to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will
review the syllabi and catalog descriptions from your previous course work to
determine if your previous course work meets the learning objectives of MVCC's
Addictions Courses. This only applies to Addictions
classes. Students seeking waivers for general education classes
(Communications/Math/Humanities/Social Sciences, etc.) should meet with an
Academic Advisor. To make an appointment with an Academic Advisor, phone