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New professional opportunities for substance use disorder (previously substance abuse) counselors are among the fastest growing in the United States, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting much higher than average demand through 2022. In this environment, current and aspiring addiction counselors and other healthcare professionals can enhance their career prospects by completing specialized training and certification in the field.

The UF College of Medicine’s Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Recovery is designed to equip students with the knowledge and competencies required for success on state, national and international substance use or substance abuse counselor certification exams, including the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) and Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) exams administered by the Florida Certification Board (FCB).

The FCB’s CAP certification includes the requirements of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)’s Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential. The FCB also allows CAC candidates to earn the IC&RC ADC through additional training and work experience hours. Individuals considering relocation should investigate reciprocity of their credential before moving.

Students who plan to go on to pursue substance use or substance abuse counselor certification will have the chance to connect with addiction practices to gain clinical experience. As much as possible, we will help facilitate connections between students and practitioners located near them. Students and practitioners will then communicate directly with each other to decide the details of their specific clinical experience, and any associated payments. To be eligible for this opportunity, students must be enrolled in the certificate and must have completed all the courses.

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