Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program at Downtown Los Angeles Campus

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program

Program Description:
The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program is designed for entry-level preparation as an addiction counselor. Drug and Alcohol Counselors assist individuals dealing with substance use-related problems, provide therapeutic support that addresses motivation, behavior change and maintenance of sobriety. The 27 semester unit curriculum follows contemporary theory and research with fieldwork experiences that apply best practices in a wide range of therapeutic settings.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in this field are expected to grow by 22% between 2012-2022. The top 10% of substance abuse counselors in California earn an average of $57,400 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Cal State LA’s certificate program closely follows the California Consortium of Addictions Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and the California Foundation for Advancement for Addiction Professionals (CFAAP) program certification standards, as well as the educational requirements for those seeking certification from the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC).

Who Should Enroll?

  • Counselors seeking additional education – new to field and existing professionalsMental health professionals who need additional training in the substance abuse field
  • Individuals who have successfully recovered from addiction and are seeking the education and skills needed to become substance use counselors
  • Professionals in law enforcement and criminal justice, healthcare, and human and rehabilitation services
  • Teachers/school professionals
  • Religious and spiritual counselors
  • Current students preparing to enter the counseling profession in graduate school
  • Family and friends who want to assist those impacted by substance use

Tuition & Fees

Total Program Cost: $6,750
Textbooks and Materials: $1,200 (estimated)
Tuition and Fess must be paid prior to start of classes each term.


Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and one year of continuous sobriety for individuals with a substance use history. Prospective students must complete an application form and supply supporting documents, which include:

  • Transcripts
  • A life experience essay
  • A completed and signed recommendation form

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program can be accessed here.

Program Curriculum

To Apply/Application Deadline


Fall 2016 Application Deadline: August 1, 2016


Please submit all Official Transcripts to:

Cal State LA – ADC Certificate
5151 State University Drive, Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619