MCBAP Limited Certifications

Requirements for All Limited Certifications

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The information below applies to ALL Limited Certifications:

An LCADC/LCAADC is not required by MCBAP to obtain the full CADC or CAADC. However, it may be a requirement of the employer and their payment sources as an alternative to full certification. As such, it is an agreement between the individual and the employer. It is a time-limited, one-time opportunity. The maximum time allowed to remain as an LCADC/LCAADC is 2 years. If that time lapses and the LCADC/LCAADC expires, one can continue to prepare for the full credential.

One year of full-time work experience equates to 2,000 hours.

  • Must be obtained in the field of Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
  • Must be in the IC&RC domains as demonstrated by agency job description.
  • May be as a paid or volunteer employee.
  • Must have occurred within the last 10 years.

Education can be broken into two sections for the purposes of this section.

  • Highest level of degree in an approved discipline.
  • Degrees must be from a program accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Additional Education required toward the MCBAP credential (see below tab).

Official transcripts from school, college or university are required to be emailed electronically or mailed directly to MCBAP. 

Copies will not be accepted.

In addition to providing documentation of a diploma or degree as outlined in the previous section, additional education is required. 

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Education must have occurred within the previous 10 years of the date of application.
  • Applicants are responsible for securing and submitting proof of attendance (such as a certificate).
  • Proof of attendance must contain (at minimum):
    • the participants name,
    • the name of the organization sponsoring the event,
    • the date(s) and time(s) of the event,
    • the title of the event and
    • the number of contact hours awarded.
  • One hour of education is equal to 60 minutes of continuous instruction.
  • Therapeutic education and attendance at self-help meetings are not applicable.
  • Courses can only be counted once and cannot be duplicated (as both Specific and Related, for example).
  • Duplicate (repeat) courses can be counted only once for each 12 month period.

MCBAP categorizes education as Specific or Related or Not Applicable. These terms are defined as:

  • Specific: when the title, goals, objectives or course outline are specifically focused on alcohol, tobacco, and/or other substance use issues. Key words in course titles may include substance abuse, substance use disorder, drug addiction, chemical dependency, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, or co-occurring disorders.
  • Related: when the title, goals, objectives or course outline content clearly indicate the course content addresses development of any of the domains, but the context may not directly address SUD issues (e.g. gambling, general counseling skills, EMDR, trauma-informed-care, clinical theory, therapeutic methods).
  • Not Applicable (N/A): Trainings that may be required for the workplace but are not applicable to becoming a substance use disorder specialist (food safety, harassment, workplace violence, how to use a ladder).

Appropriate sources of education, provided the activity meets the MCBAP definition of Specific or Related:

  • MCBAP Approved Provider
  • MCBAP Training Calendar
  • College and university courses offered by an institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. A copy of an official certificate of completion (or transcripts) must be submitted.
    • One semester college credit is equivalent to 15 contact hours
    • One quarter college credit is equivalent to 10 contact hours
  • Professional associations (such as NASW, ACA, ASAM, etc.)
  • Employer in-service education
  • IC&RC Member Approved
  • State of Michigan
  • Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP)
  • Community Mental Health Provider Networks
  • Teaching – Applicants may earn up to 6 contact hours for an initial application or per one-year certification period spent teaching or training at educational events.
  • Publishing in a professional journal – Applicants may earn up to 6 contact hours for an initial application or per one-year certification period by publishing more than 4,000 words in a professional publication.
  • Presenting papers – Applicants may earn up to 6 contact hours for an initial application or per one-year certification period for presenting a paper at a state or national conference.

Any education other than those listed above must be MCBAP approved and may require submission of additional information for review.

Supervision is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge.

 Some things to keep in mind:

  • Supervision must occur as part of an eligible work experience.
  • Supervision may be completed under more than one supervisor.
  • Applicants are responsible for securing and submitting proof of supervision (such as a Supervision Log).
  • Supervision must be obtained in the IC&RC domains for the relevant credential, which can be found in the IC&RC Candidate Guide at the below links:

Applicants must live or work 51% of the time in the State of Michigan at the time of initial application.

Applicants must read, sign and adhere to the Code of Ethical Standards for the credential for which they are applying which can be found here:

Failure to do so may result in suspensions, sanctions or revocations as outlined in the Guide for Ethical Standards Violation Complaints which can be found here:

Specific Requirements

Click on titles below to review requirements specific to each limited certification.

These are in addition to the Requirements for All Limited Certifications on the left.

Work Experience

High school/GED: 4,000 hours of providing services as a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor or State Certified Peer Recovery Coach to those with SUD.

Associates degree in an  approved discipline: 4,000 hours providing counseling to those with SUD.

Bachelors degree or higher in an approved discipline: 1,500 hours providing counseling tothose with SUD.

Masters degree or higher in an approved discipline: 1,500 hours providing counseling tothose with SUD.

Education Degree

High School/GED diploma with 4,000 hours of providing services as a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor or State Certified Peer Recovery Coach to those with SUD OR

Associate or bachelor’s degree: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy, family studies, sociology, human services, criminal justice, public health, nursing and social science OR

Master’s degree or higher: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy and criminal justice.

Additional Education

200 total education hours required. Of those:

  • 150 must be specific to SUD.
  • 44 hours may be related and/or specific to SUD.
  • 6 hours of ethics broken down as follows: 3 hours in professional boundaries, 2 hours of ethics code, and I hour in 42 CFR, Part 2.

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

  • High school/GED or Associate’s degree in an approved discipline: 200 hours specific to IC&RC Domains.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an approved discipline: 100 hours specific to IC&RC Domains.
  • Master’s degree in an approved discipline: 70 hours.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor – Development Plan
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)

Work Experience

Masters degree or higher in an approved discipline: 1,400 post-master’s hours providing counseling to those with SUD.

Education Degree

Master’s degree or higher: Counseling, psychology, social work, addiction studies, marriage and family therapy.

Additional Education

120 total education hours required. Of those:

  • 114 must be specific to SUD.
  • 6 hours of ethics broken down as follows: 3 hours in professional boundaries, 2 hours of ethics code, and I hour in 42 CFR, Part 2.

Supervision

Total Number of Hours Required:

Master’s degree or higher in an approved discipline: 70 hours post-master’s degree specific to IC&RC Domains.

Required Supervisor Credentials:

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor – Development Plan
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor-Michigan (CCS-M)