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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Licensure and Certification

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/health/alcohol-drug/licensure.html

Licensure

The Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential is required for professionals who practice as alcohol and drug counselors in the State of Minnesota. The LADC credential is administered by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. The Alcohol and Drug Studies Major and Track One Minor fulfill the academic requirements necessary to pursue licensure as an LADC.

Contact Information

Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
2829 University Ave SE Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-617-2178
Fax: 612-617-2187
Email: bbht.board@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.bbht.state.mn.us/

Temporary Permit

The Board of Behaviroal Health and Therapy offers a temporary permit to practice for those who have compelted an Associate's degree or equivalent, core coursework, and an 880 hour practicum/internship.  Due to the length of time required to process the LADC license, this may be a good option for people who are seeking a job, but have not received a full license.  Persons practicing alcohol and drug counseling with a temporary permit are required to be under the direct supervision of an approved supervisor.

Contact Information

Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
2829 University Ave SE Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-617-2178
Fax: 612-617-2187
Email: bbht.board@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.bbht.state.mn.us/

Certification

The Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) sets policies and procedures for alcohol and drug counselor certification in Minnesota. The MCB is a member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) for Alcohol and Other Drug Professionals. Persons who become Board Certified Counselors (BCC) may fulfill additional requirements to upgrade their certification to an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Reciprocal (ADCR) credential and enjoy the simple portability of their credential to other states that have member boards with the IC&RC.  While certification is not required to practice in Minnesota, it provides a good level of transferability for those who might consider practicing in other states.

Contact Information

Minnesota Certification Board
4817 Viking Blvd., Suite 101
Wyoming, MN 55092

Phone: 763-434-9787
Fax: 763-413-1746
Email: mncertificationbd@earthlink.net
Web: www.mcboard.org

Program Information:

http://www.mnsu.edu/instres/gainfulemploy/index.html

Examination for Licensure

OPTION 1

The Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) is an administrator for the IC&RC's comprehensive written exam for alcohol and other drug abuse counselors. The exam fulfills the testing requirements set forth by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for the LADC credential.

The exam is offered in a computer based format at various testing sites throughout the state.  The exam is offer year round and there are not cut-off dates.  The cost of the exam is $225.  You must have your core courses and internship completed in order to apply to take the exam.

An official study guide may be purchased through the Minnesota Certification Board website.  Study guides are also offered by various other vendors.

The Minnesota Certification Board offers a package deal to complete your IC&RC exam and obtain certification as a Board Certified Counselor (BCC) for $390 if you complete both at the same time.  There are also options for adding certification at later times, and the prices vary based on the length of time that has expired after completing your exam.

Additional information can be found at www.mcboard.org.

OPTION 2

The Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy began accepting the NAADAC NCC-NCAC-II Examination as a comprehensive written exam in Spring 2012.  The NAADAC exam is offered four times during the year.  The exam is offered only in electronic version and is available at several testing sites throughout the state.   The cost of the exam is $160.

Participation in this exam does not require that you are finished with your internship.  To register for this exam, you must have permission from our educational program and notification must be sent to the testing company.  Our program requires that you are done with your core courses and enrolled in the internship.  

Application materials are available from the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Studies.