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Approval in Washington

Washington State Department of Health (AODA Counselors)

  • Provider
    • NAADAC 192243
  • 40 CE Credit hours required every 2 years — All 40 may be earned with
WDOH has special CE requirements. Those requirements are listed below.

Applies To:

  • Washington Addiction Counselors

14 hours must be in one or more topics (a-w) See details at:

4 must be in professional ethics or law. Ten (10) may be in areas relating to various phases of one’s professional career.

28 of the 40 hours must be continuing education. The additional 12 may be continuing education or “professional development activities”.

6 credit hours must be in suicide assessment, treatment, and management

(1)(A) Each of the following professionals certified or licensed under Title 18 RCW shall, at least once every six years, complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management that is approved, in rule, by the relevant disciplining authority.

c) The training required by this subsection must be at least six hours in length, unless a disciplinary authority has determined, under subsection (8)(b) of this section, that training that includes only screening and referral elements is appropriate for the profession in question, in which case the training must be at least three hours in length.

Initial Certification
Our courses not allowed for initial certification hours is a service of CE Learning Systems LLC. CE Learning Systems is approved to offer continuing educations courses by NAADAC (#410) and many ICRC certification boards. CE Learning Systems LLC maintains responsibility for the courses.

Our companion site,, is specifically focused on the CE needs of addiction counselors and offers a greater quantity and variety of substance abuse-specific courses.

Board Contact Info

Washington State Department of Health (AODA Counselors)
111 Israel Rd. S.E.
Tumwater, WA 98501
Fax number: 360-236-4818
[email protected]

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