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Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals

Licensing Requirements

To obtain a LAC credential, an applicant must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a behavioral science field from an accredited postsecondary institution; and a minimum of three (3) semester hours and a grade of “C” or higher in each of the following specialized education courses, with a minimum of five courses at the graduate level, for a total of 21 semester hours:

  • Addiction Counseling Theories and Techniques (3 semester hours)
  • Psychopharmacology or Psychopathology (3 semester hours)
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Standards (3 semester hours)
  • Case Management and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders (3 semester hours)
  • Treatment Planning (3 semester hours)
  • Clinical Supervision (3 semester hours)
  • Multicultural Competency (3 semester hours)

The qualifying work experience requirement must include a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised work experience specific to the alcohol and drug counselor domains.

Of the 2,000 required hours, applicants must provide detailed documentation for a minimum of 300 hours of supervised practical training experience in the Twelve Core Functions with a minimum of ten (10) hours in each core function. 

The applicant must complete all academic and work experience requirements for Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), apply for licensure, and successfully pass the IC&RC Written Examination.