Certified Addiction Professional

Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) Course

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP). By taking relevant courses at the Academy for Addiction Professionals, you’ll be well on your way to receiving a Florida Certification Board designation that will open up doors in the recovery industry.

As a CAP, you will primarily focus on counseling those addicted to drugs and alcohol or abusing a substance. Your role in the treatment of addiction is a primary one and you will be on the front lines of saving lives. This role comes with huge responsibilities which require the utmost in knowledge and ethical behavior. The CAP course and exam, as administered by the Florida Certification Board, seeks to set minimum standards for the treatment of addicts to ensure that everyone receives a high level of care from certified individuals. Passing the exam requires dedication and hard work. CAP candidates will also need to have significant work experience in the industry – 6,000 hours for bachelor’s candidates and 4000 for master’s candidates. This means that a CAP should begin their work in the industry as soon as they can, to ensure they have the required hours in time for the FCB exam.

A CAP is the highest level of training we offer. While the course is substantially the same as that of the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), a Certified Addiction Professional must have more relevant work experience, must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and must take and pass both an FCB exam and an IC&RC exam.

The Certified Addiction Professional course is taught by us here at the The Academy for Addiction Professionals and the exam and certification is administered by the Florida Certification Board (FCB). We are a Florida Certification board approved education provider. Our course is taught on two weekday tracks Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Tuesday and Thursday evening. We have recently added Saturday morning classes to keep up with the demand for certification training. Our course lasts, on average, fourteen months, but can be accelerated if combining tracks.

Below you’ll find more information on the requirements to take the CAP course and information on becoming and being an addiction / substance abuse counselor.

Certified Addiction Professional Requirements
Addiction Counselor Industry Job Growth Prospects
Addiction Counselor Salaries

Florida Certification Board (External Link)
IC&RC (External Link)



Related Courses & Certifications

If you’re looking for another course, you may also click one of the links below to see information on that particular course:

CAC: Certified Addiction Counselor
CBHT: Certified Behavioral Health Technician
Continuing Education in Addiction

Financing Your CAP Course

Financing is available for students wishing to take classes in-person. We do not offer financing for distance and/or online learning. Please click here for more information or contact us directly at (877) 944-4235




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