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Approval in Washington

Washington State Department of Health (AODA Counselors) CE Information

  • NAADAC 192243

40 CE credit hours required every 2 years — 40 may be earned with

Applies To:

  • Washington Addiction Counselors

14 hours must be in one or more topics (a-w). See details at in the Special Requirements tab.

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 and many ICRC certification boards. CE Learning Systems LLC maintains responsibility for the courses.

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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]

CDP renewal-14 hours in topic areas, 14.00 CE credit hours

At least 14 hours must be done in one or more of the following topic areas. For each topic area AddictionCounselorCE has courses that address the area. These can be found here: You may browse our Course Categories or do a keyword search.

• Understanding addiction;
• Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs;
• Substance abuse and addiction treatment methods;
• Understanding addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge criteria, including American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria;
• Cultural diversity including people with disabilities and its implication for treatment;
• Chemical dependency clinical evaluation (screening and referral to include comorbidity);
HIV/AIDS brief risk intervention for the chemically dependent;
• Chemical dependency treatment planning;
• Referral and use of community resources;
• Service coordination (implementing the treatment plan, consulting, continuing assessment and treatment planning);
• Individual counseling;
• Group counseling;
• Chemical dependency counseling for families, couples and significant others;
• Developmental psychology;
• Psychopathology/abnormal psychology;
• Documentation, to include, screening, intake, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data;
• Chemical dependency confidentiality;
• Professional and ethical responsibilities;
• Relapse prevention;
• Adolescent chemical dependency assessment and treatment;
• Chemical dependency case management; and
• Chemical dependency rules and regulations.

Suicide, 3.00 CE credit hours

A substance use disorder professional must complete a training in suicide assessment, including screening and referral. The training must be provided by a single provider and must be at least three hours in length. The training must be on the department’s model list for training programs in suicide assessment, treatment and management. (

  • We do not currently offer courses to fulfill this requirement.

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