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Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC)
This classification is viewed as the title for the addiction counselor primarily involved in providing direct alcohol and other drug abuse treatment services. This is an international credential (ADC) that is recognized throughout the world via reciprocity.  

Residency Requirement

To be certified in Maryland, one must live or work in Maryland 51% of the time. A valid certification from an adjacent IC&RC member board will be honored in Maryland, if the counselor lives in that other state, and commutes to work in Maryland.

Experience and Practicum Requirements

Six thousand hours (3 years) experience working with addicted or alcoholic clients in a clinical setting (inpatient, outpatient, residential or private practice) is required. A 300 hour practicum is also required. These hours do not have to be accrued at only one setting. Supervisor endorsement is necessary. For application information go to the Odds & Ends page at

General Education Requirements

Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) credentials require the minimum academic education plus minimums of specialized training in specific topics.

Academic Requirements:
  • A Bachelor's or above in counseling, health education, social work, human services, psychology or applicable field of study. MAPCB will review any exceptions.

Specialized Training and Education

Specialized training may take place in any approved setting.

  • For CCDC the minimum is 300 clock hours

In-service training is defined as "training provided within an agency by an agency employee, which has been approved by MAPCB". Training provided within an agency by an outside consultant or professional is not considered as in-service, and is measured by the same standards as other general training hours.

In-service training maximum hours:
  • For CCDC the maximum is 75 hours

Hours of education are measured at 60 minutes = 1 clock hour. College credits are measured by their hours described in official college catalogs or transcripts with a typical 3-credit course = 36 clock hours. Exceptions are evaluated on an individual basis. Education must be specifically related to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks within the IC&RC performance domains. The performance domains are assessment, counseling, case management, education and professional responsibility. Six hours of education must be in professional ethics and responsibilities. All education must be documented.

Submitting course certificates, transcripts, diplomas and other documents ascertaining your professional qualifications that have been falsified (i.e., name inserted, dates changed, supervision requirements falsely reported) will render your application invalid.

View a table outlining the training hours required in specific subjects for the CCDC at the following link:  
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CCDC will only be available at the Bachelor's level or above. 


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