Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certificate

Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) is an advanced credential for those currently working in the counseling field. Earning CADC enhances a counselor's knowledge base by learning targeted counseling techniques for individuals struggling with substance abuse.

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 equaling 104 hours needed to sit for the CADC certification exam. The program must be completed within 36 months from the start of the first course. 

  • 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 9.0 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.
  • Classes may be applied towards some additional PCB counseling certifications. Contact 610-519-4300 for more information.

Course Fees

Fall 2019 Course Tuition

Total Program Tuition: $2600.00 (13 classes)

Course Materials: No additional charge

Additional parking fees apply.


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Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Spring 2020 Schedule *Apply by January 3rd, 2020*

Counseling & Peer Support Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:30 AM -  5:30 PM
Drug & Alcohol Education Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:30 AM -  5:30 PM
Recovery Skills Planning   Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Relapse Prevention    Saturday, February 15, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Cultural Competency   Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:30 AM -  5:30 PM

Communication Skills and Recovery

Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
*SPRING BREAK* No class Saturday, March 7, 2020
Substance Abuse Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Interviewing & Counseling Techniques Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Group Counseling with Substance Abusers   Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:30 AM -  5:30 PM
Ethical Decision Making Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
*EASTER RECESS* No class Saturday, April 11, 2020

Advocacy for Self & Others

Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Intake/Assess/Record Keeping

Saturday, April 25, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Countertransference & Boundary of Self   Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Coming soon!

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.