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Professional Addiction Studies

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Professional Associations

The designations issued by professional associations can further enhance your career potential. An employer may choose to request a designation as part of an employment condition, but it is not a regulation for the addiction field. 

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)

The Diploma in Professional Addiction Studies is pre-approved by the CACCF as meeting the core educational requirements towards the ICADC or CCAC certifications.

The Certificate in Professional Addiction Studies may be used on a course by course basis towards the specific skill and knowledge categories required for ICADC or CCAC certifications if you have previous related education that you are able to combine. Contact the CACCF for details.

Please be advised that the educational component is one of the requirements towards certification. Visit the CACCF website for the full requirements.

NEW Associate Addiction Counsellor (AAC)
This entry level certificate is intended for students, counsellors in training, or new graduates working towards completing their CCAC or ICADC certification.
To be an Associate Addiction Counsellor you must be attending, or have completed, education in a pre-approved program. The Professional Addiction Studies Certificate and Diploma are pre-approved programs.

For more information on the ICADC/CCAC certifications, visit:

Website: http://www.caccf.ca/certifications 
Phone: (866) 624-1911
Email: info@caccf.ca

In all cases, students register with CCE at the course level (i.e. when registering in a course offered by CCE). In most cases, students must also register at the program level with the association or institute.

It is the responsibility of the students to comply with the program admission and course requirements of the professional association or institute. Each organization has its own requirements regarding application, admission, program and membership. Students should contact the organization for detailed information concerning their program.

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