Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VIII-C. Categories and Qualifications of Addiction Counselors.


§ 3–1208.51. Certified addiction counselor I.

(a) The Board of Professional Counseling shall certify as an addiction counselor I a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§ 3-1205 et seq.]:

(1)(A) Has met the educational requirements of graduating with at least an associate’s degree in health or human services from an accredited institution that incorporates the academic course work and minimum hours of supervised training required by the regulations adopted by the Board and whose program is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or

(B) Has at least 2 years of documented, supervised experience in the field of addiction counseling; and

(2) Passed a national examination approved by the Board.

(b) A certified addiction counselor I shall practice addiction counseling under the supervision of an authorized health-care professional.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 851; as added July 7, 2009, D.C. Law 18-13, § 2(e), 56 DCR 3608.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1208.54.


§ 3–1208.52. Certified addiction counselor II.

(a) The Board of Professional Counseling shall certify as an addiction counselor II a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§ 3-1205 et seq.]:

(1)(A) Has met the educational requirements of graduating with at least a bachelor’s degree in health or human services from an accredited institution that incorporates the academic course work and minimum hours of supervised training required by the regulations adopted by the Board and whose program is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or

(B) Has at least 5 years of documented experience in the field of addiction counseling; and

(2) Passed a national examination approved by the Board.

(b) A certified addiction counselor II shall practice addiction counseling under the supervision of an authorized health-care professional.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 852; as added July 7, 2009, D.C. Law 18-13, § 2(e), 56 DCR 3608.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1208.54.


§ 3–1208.53. Advanced practice addiction counselor.

The Board of Professional Counseling shall license as an advanced practice addiction counselor a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§ 3-1205 et seq.]:

(1) Has met the educational requirements of graduating with at least a master’s or doctorate degree in health or human services from an accredited institution that incorporates the academic course work and minimum hours of supervised training adopted by the Board and whose program is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; and

(2) Passed a national examination approved by the Board.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 853; as added July 7, 2009, D.C. Law 18-13, § 2(e), 56 DCR 3608.)


§ 3–1208.54. Waiver of requirements.

(a) The Board of Professional Counseling shall waive the educational and examination requirements for any applicant for certification who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that he or she has been performing the function of an addiction counselor I, as defined in § 3-1208.51, on a full-time or substantially full-time basis continually for at least 24 months immediately preceding July 7, 2009, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent education, training, experience, and demonstrated current competence; provided, that the application is made within 24 months of July 7, 2009.

(b) The Board of Professional Counseling shall waive the educational and examination requirements for any applicant for certification who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board, that he or she has been performing the function of an addiction counselor II, as defined in § 3-1208.52, on a full-time or substantially full-time basis continually for at least 60 months immediately preceding July 7, 2009, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent education, training, experience, and demonstrated current competence; provided, that the application is made within 24 months of July 7, 2009.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 854; as added July 7, 2009, D.C. Law 18-13, § 2(e), 56 DCR 3608.)