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Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC)/ Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)

For questions or more information, visit the DORA website (Department of Regulatory Agencies).

Colorado offers four levels of addiction certification:

CAC I- this is an entry level certification.  Applicants must:

  •  take the Colorado Mental Health Professional's Jurisprudence Exam
  •  have a high school diploma or equivalent
  •  complete the required DBH (Division of Behavioral Health) approved training classes
  •  1000 hours of work experience clinically supervised by a CAC II or LAC (can not be completed in fewer than six months)

CAC II*- allows the counselor to practice independently with appropriate supervision.  Applicants must:

  • meet all the requirements of the CAC I
  •  pass the CAC II required training classes
  •  2000 hours of work experience beyond the CAC I clinically supervised by a CAC II or LAC (can not be completed in fewer than twelve months)
  •  present proof of passing a national examination

CAC III*- this is the supervisory level.  CAC IIIs have the authority to practice independently and assume clinical supervision duties.  Applicants must: have a Bachelors degree in the behavioral health sciences

  •  have been awarded a CAC II certification by DORA
  •  pass the CAC III required training classes
  •  2000 hours of work experience beyond the CAC II clinically supervised by a CAC II or LAC or qualified supervisor (can not be completed in fewer than twelve months)
  •  present proof of passing a national examination

LAC*- this is the Masters level addictions credentialing level.  Applicants must:

  •  have a clinical Masters degree
  •  completion of all requirements for a CAC III
  •  proof of passing the NAADAC MAC exam

*Note: Counselors holding a clinical Masters or Doctorate degree may obtain their CAC II, CAC III, or LAC by a combination of appropriately clinically supervised work experience hours, DBH approved training classes (or the equivalent), and proof of passing a national examination.


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