Ohio CDCA Certification
Self-Paced Distance Learning Program
Self-Paced Distance Learning Program
All courses are approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (ODCP) Board.
Order courses directly through our website.
View course materials and take exams online.
Flexibility to learn when and where it is convenient for you.
|CDCA → LCDC II/III or LICDC
This course provides current CDCAs with the additional education needed to move up to an LCDC II/III or LICDC
|Education Hours Needed
|Required Topic Areas (minimum hours required)
|Supervised Work Experience Hours
Direct Supervision Hours
State Certification Exam
|IC&RC ADC Exam
|Non-renewable; expires after 13 months
|Must hold CDCA Preliminary for ≥ 10 Months before applying
Documentation of 40 hours of approved chemical dependency specific education in the following six specified content areas:
Please note, the CDCA Preliminary is a non-renewable certification.
Must hold a CDCA Preliminary (formerly known as Phase I) for at least 10 months. Documentation of 30 hours of approved chemical dependency specific education in the following six specified content areas:
* Please Note: This course is only available for individuals who have completed the education requirements for the CDCA Preliminary and Renewable and are looking to earn the remaining 110 hours of approved specialized education towards their LCDC II/III or LICDC.
LCDC II: Associate’s degree in Behavioral Science or Nursing, or a Bachelor’s Degree in any field, or a continuously held CDCA since December 31, 2008.
LCDC III: Bachelor’s Degree in a Behavioral Science field or Nursing.
LICDC: Master’s Degree in a Behavioral Science field or Nursing.
Documentation of an additional 110 education hours in chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.
For the most up-to-date requirements, please check with your state certification/licensure board.
Choose your certification and coursework. You will need to complete specific education covering board-approved topics. The number of hours and topic areas may vary based on your certification. The required content areas are outlined in the table above.
Purchase your coursework. You can buy your coursework directly from our website. We offer flexible payment options that allow you to pay in installments with no interest or fees. You can also choose how you want to receive your coursework: either by download or mail. If you choose download, you will get instant access to the PDF readings and online exams. If you choose mail, we will ship you textbooks and examination packets.
Complete your coursework at your own pace. Our program is designed to fit your schedule – you can study where and when you want, however is convenient for you. As you read through the course materials you will take multiple choice exams based on the readings. Most courses have the option to submit exams online directly though the website or on paper. You need to score at least 70% on each exam to pass. If you have any questions or need help with the content, our instructors are always available to assist you. Email us to schedule a time to chat!
Get your certificate of completion. Once you pass all the exams, we will issue you a certificate of completion that verifies the number of hours you completed and topics that were covered in your coursework. You use this certificate to apply for or renew your certification with your state board. We will also keep a record of your coursework in case you need it in the future.
Apply for CDCA Preliminary
Apply for CDCA Renewable
Advance Your Career
The substance abuse treatment field is facing a nationwide shortage of trained addiction treatment counselors. More than 24 million people across the United States are in need of treatment for alcohol and substance abuse related problems. Approximately 5,000 new counselors are needed annually to keep up with the current demand for treatment services. By completing substance abuse counselor training and receiving an Ohio CDCA certification, you can help reduce this shortage and make a difference in people’s lives.
Upon successful completion of your online addiction courses, you will need to submit your certificates of completion along with the rest of your application packet to the state board.
We offer Ohio CDCA Renewable approved continuing education. To view specific continuing education requirements or to view our list of approved addiction education, please refer to the Ohio CDCA Continuing Education Courses section above.
The CDCA Preliminary (formerly named Phase One) is a temporary certification and is not renewable.
For more information regarding how to renew your Ohio CDCA and the Ohio CDCA certification continuing education requirements, please contact our office.