Licensure Information


While the Substance Abuse Counseling Program aligns curriculum with state and national standards for credentialing, it is highly recommended that early on, students become familiar with chemical dependency counselor license guidelines and requirements as a framework for academic study, field experience and knowledge of chemical dependency counselor roles.

Upon program completion, students will have met all academic requirements for licensure under Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board guidelines. (Additional field practice hours are required for eligibility to take the state OCDPB license examination as well as other application requirements).

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB), grants a certificate: CDCA  Certificate (chemical dependency counselor assistant); and several levels of licensure : LCDC II (licensed chemical dependency counselor II);  LCDC III (licensed chemical dependency counselor III),  and LICDC (licensed independent chemical dependency counselor). For detailed information on certification/licensure requirements, access the OCDP website.

OCDPB is a member affiliate at the national/international level, of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC ). The IC & RC sets and maintains reciprocal competency standards for professionals engaged in addictions related treatment. Ohio licensees at the LCDC II level and above are eligible for reciprocity in all states and countries which are members of IC & RC (currently over 50). For detailed information on licensure reciprocity, access the website at

*Students who do not live in Ohio should access their state chemical dependency licensure boards for state specific information on levels of licensure, certificates available, and reciprocity across states.

Ohio Licensure and Certification

IC & RC and Reciprocity


Certificates are credit-based programs designed for focused learning. They are shorter than the degree program, requiring just 15-24 semester credit hours of coursework. Certificates can supplement an existing program of study or provide the additional training needed for licensure. All certificates can be completed online with no need to attend class on UC’s campus.

Undergraduate Certificates

  • Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate
    This 24 credit hour certificate is designed for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree or who are in the process of pursuing a baccalaureate degree in another discipline and who wish to become licensed and/or certified as a substance abuse counselor.  
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate
    This 18 credit hour certificate for students who wish to become state and nationally certified substance abuse prevention specialists. This certificate prepares educators, clinical practitioners, criminal justice majors and other service professionals to provide community-based interventions designed to reduce substance abuse and related problematic behaviors.
  •  Violence Prevention in Families, Schools and Communities Certificate
    This 15 credit hour undergraduate certificate program is a course of study preparing students to identify vulnerable individuals, families, and communities and to plan effective strategies to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of violence and abuse. This certificate is well suited for students and professionals in fields such as education, social work, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and health education.