Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certificate

Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) is an advanced certificate for those currently working in the counseling field. Earning CADC enhances a counselor's knowledge base by learning targeted counseling techniques for substance abusers. To complete the Alcohol & Drug program at Villanova, students are required to attend 13 courses to earn a Villanova University certificate of completion.

All Villanova counseling courses are approved education hours by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Students can apply courses and hours towards other PCB certifications if they choose or use the education hours towards recertification. Call 610-519-4300 for more information.

About the Program

Villanova University's Alcohol and Drug Counselor certificate program is made up of 13 courses equalling 104 hours needed to sit for the CADC certification exam. These courses are broken up into two 7-week sessions over the course of each semester, and students are required to take at least 1 session of classes per semester. The program must be completed over the course of two consecutive semesters.

  • Earn .80 CEU's - 8.0 classroom education hours - for each class to apply towards PCB certification or certificate renewal.  
  • Classes are held Saturdays for 8.0 hours with a 1 hour break.
  • To complete the program and earn a certificate of completion, students must attend all 13 courses and receive a passing grade.
  • Registration closes 48 hours before the class start; payment/or a payment plan is required 48 hours before the class start or the student will be dropped from the program.
  • Classes may be applied towards some additional PCB counseling certifications. Contact 610-519-4300 for more information.

Course Fees

Spring 2018 Course Tuition


Spring 1 Tuition: $1400.00 (7 classes/$200.00 per class)

Spring 2 Tuition: $1200.00 (6 classes/$200.00 per class)

Total Program Tuition: $2600.00 (13 classes)


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Course Schedules

Spring 2018 Schedule

Full Program: Saturdays, January 20 - April 28, 2018

Spring Session 1: Saturdays, January 20 - February 24, 2018

Spring Session 2: Saturdays, March 3 - April 28, 2018


Spring 2018 Session 1
Drug & Alcohol Education

Saturday, Jan. 20

8:30am - 5:30pm

Recovery Skills Planning

Saturday, Jan. 27

8:30am - 5:30pm


Substance Abuse Treatment & Co-Occurring Disorders

Saturday, Feb. 3

8:30am - 5:30pm

Counseling & Peer Support

Saturday, Feb. 10

8:30am - 5:30pm

Interviewing and Counseling Techniques

Saturday, Feb. 17

8:30am - 5:30pm

Communication Skills in Recovery

Saturday, Feb. 24

8:30am - 5:30pm

Ethical Decision Making

Saturday, March 3

8:30am - 5:30pm

Spring 2018 Session 2

Advocacy for Self & Others

Saturday, March 17

8:30am - 5:30pm


Saturday, March 24

8:30am - 5:30pm

Countertransference & Boundary of Self

Saturday, April 7

8:30am - 5:30pm

Group Counseling with Substance Abusers

Saturday, April 14

8:30am - 5:30pm

Cultural Competency

Saturday, April 21

8:30am - 5:30pm

Relapse Prevention

Saturday, April 28

8:30am - 5:30pm

Course Requirements

Villanova Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Proof of degree - bachelors degree required (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)


Pennsylvania Certification Board Requirements

For individuals to become a (CADC) Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor they must meet the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements which include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University
  • 2 years (4000 hours) of employment as an alcohol and drug counselor
  • 300 hours of education (100 of which must be specific to alcohol and drug counseling) 
  • Successful completion of the PCB exam, and sign an ethical code of conduct 

If you have further questions regarding certification requirements please visit the Pennsylvania Certification Board - CADC Requirements and plan to attend the FREE PCB Orientation held at the start of each term.