The McDermott Learning Center Addiction Counselor Training Program (CADC curriculum) is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA). Students graduating from the 225 hour program have fulfilled the educational requirements to become a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) and are ready to take the CADC certification examination offered by IAODAPCA that is required to work as a substance abuse/addiction counselor in the State of Illinois. Upon passing the examination individuals are registered with IAODAPCA and are ready to start 150 hours of supervised clinical practical experience required to complete the CADC certification process. Note: individuals with 2 years (4,000 hours) of paid Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse qualified work experience in the past four years may be eligible for certification after passing the CADC exam.
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