Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) Training Academy

The Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) certification was developed by the Ohio Chemical Dependency board to help individuals in becoming credentialed to work in the addictions field. Individuals with a CDCA certification can work with substance use clients under supervision in a variety of settings including behavioral health agencies, and treatment centers. Obtaining the CDCA certification is the first step in becoming a certified chemical dependency counselor.

To be eligible to apply for CDCA certification you must meet the following:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and hold a High School Diploma or GED
  • Complete 40 hours of chemical dependency-specific education
  • Complete an online application at the Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Professionals Board website
  • Have written proof of all 40 hours of education in the required areas. Acceptable forms of verification include official transcripts or continuing education certificates of attendance.

The Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board provides a CDCA Training Academy in February and March to help individuals in obtaining some of the hours needed to obtain a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certification.

All Board training will be online using a Zoom link and all will be live presentations.  You must be on time, keep your camera on during the meeting, and stay for the entire presentation to be eligible for a certificate of attendance.

Many of the training hours needed are available for free online and can be completed on your own time.

The following is a list of free online courses that you can get started on now before the CDCA Training Academy begins in February and March of 2024!

Go to the following website below and create an account. Search for the titles and watch the videos listed below. At the end of the videos, there will be a quiz and an option to download a certificate of completion. Make sure you download and save all of the certificates from the videos.

  • OOC: Fundamentals of Addiction
  • OOC: Basics of Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Gambling 101: An Introduction to Pathological Gambling
  • Ohio SBIRT: Foundational Skills of MI
  • Ohio SBIRT: Reinforcing Change with Motivational Interviewing
  • OOC: Best Prescribing Practices for Opioids
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma
  • Introduction to Seeking Safety with Treatment Innovations
  • Safety
  • Best Practices in Urine Drug Testing for Addiction Treatment

Ohio State University School of Social Work also offers some free online courses that can be applied to your CDCA application:

OSU Course listing for CDCA – pdf format