Online Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate (CDCC) Program

Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate

(21 Credit Hours)

The fully online Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate (CDCC) Program is designed to train people in the skills necessary for assisting chemically dependent persons to alleviate that dependency. The program includes courses designed to provide students with knowledge of the field through focusing on the development of counseling skills specific to the needs of chemically dependent clientele as identified by appropriate agencies.

The course curriculum is dynamic, challenging, and professionally relevant. Whether you’re transitioning to another career or expanding your qualifications for your current career, Union’s online CDCC program offers flexibility, convenience, and academic rigor to help you focus on success and meet your goals.

This certificate can be earned as a stand-alone certificate program at the graduate level or can be taken alongside an undergraduate degree program at Union College. 

Learn more about our Chemical Dependency program or contact the Division of Online and Graduate Studies for information: or call 606.546.1525 

Enrollment questions, email or call 606.546.1621



The applicant must be at least 18 years of age, and must be able to document the following:

  • Baccalaureate or Master’s Degree
  • Board-Approved experience working with alcohol or drug dependent persons (300 hours of which have been under the direct supervision of a certified alcohol and drug counselor who has at least 2 years of Post-Certification experience)
  • 6000 Hours at the Baccalaureate level
  • 2000 Hours at the Masters level
  • 270 Classroom Hours of Board-Approved Curriculum (Satisfied by Union College 21 Credit Hour Program)
  • Six Hours of Ethics training and two hours of training in the transmission, control, treatment and prevention of HIV (Satisfied by Ethics course offered as part of the Union College 21 Credit Hour Program)
  • Passing score on written exam approved by the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Singed agreement to abide by the standards of practice and code of ethics
  • All current state certification information may be found at: 


THE KENTUCKY STATE BOARD accepts either Undergraduate or Graduate hours for credit toward certification. The UNION COLLEGE Chemical Dependency Counselor Program satisfies the 270 contact hour requirement, including the ethics training requirement. Completion of the Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate does not guarantee certification by THE KENTUCKY BOARD but provided the requisite academic background to sit for the CADC Examination. It is the student’s responsibility to check reciprocal agreements among different states.



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