Description

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I - LADC I

A person licensed by the Department to conduct an independent practice of alcohol and drug counseling, and to provide supervision to other alcohol and drug counselors.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor II - LADC II

A person licensed by the Department to practice alcohol and drug counseling under clinical supervision.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Assistant - LADC III

A person licensed by the Department to provide recovery based services under direct clinical and administrative supervision.

Requirements

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I

  • Master's or doctoral degree in behavioral sciences
  • Minimum of 270 hours of training that address the full range of education related to substance abuse counseling
  • 300 hours of supervised practical training
  • 6,000 hours of supervised alcohol and drug counseling work experience
  • Successfully complete a written examination

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor II

  • Minimum of 270 hours of training that address the full range of education related to substance abuse counseling
  • 300 hours of supervised practical training
  • 6,000 hours of supervised alcohol and drug counseling work experience (4,000 if applicant holds a Bachelors degree)
  • Successfully complete a written examination
  • Show proof of high school diploma or equivalent

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Assistant

  • Show proof of high school diploma or equivalent
  • 2,000 hours of work experience if the alcohol or drug abuse field
  • Minimum of 50 hours of training that address the full range of education related to substance abuse counseling
  • Successfully complete a written examination

For further details on requirements please refer to Section 168.006 - Eligibility Requirements found in the Licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselors Regulations which are included in your application packet.

Additional Information

Reciprocity

Yes, through application to the BSAS LADC Licensing Unit an applicant may be exempt from an examination provided that they hold a current valid and meets all requirements stated in Section 168.014 found in the Licensure Regulations.

MA Residency

Not required, but must live or work in Massachusetts 51 percent of the time.

US Citizenship

Required, and proof of 18 years of age with a copy of birth certificate, drivers license, or passport as documentation.

168.013 Examination waiver

The Department will issue a license without requiring written examination to any applicant who is deemed eligible provided that the applicant holds a current, valid certification from a recognized certifying body including: MBSACC, CEAP, CAC, CAS, NAADAC, and ICRC.


This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.