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Becoming An Addiction Counselor

A Step by Step Guide

Deciding to pursue an education in the addiction field is the first major step toward a new, exciting and lucrative field. The addiction field is unlike most career paths in that it offers a combination of exciting day to day work and fulfilling work, helping people with their problems every day.


Now you have a decision to make – which course to take? The academy offers classes towards certification in three major addiction counselor certifications.

CAP: Certified Addiction Professional
CAC: Certified Addiction Counselor

CRSS: Certified Recovery Support Specialist
CBHT: Certified Behavioral Health Technician
Certified Recovery Coach
Online Classes


Register online for the class of your choice.

In-Person-Sign-Up Online-Sign-Up

You can also download the preliminary application form here and fax it to: 954.771.2098. If paying by check, cash or money order, please mail it at your earliest convenience.


We will contact you with more information on how to prepare for your new classes.


Complete the educational requirements and take the Florida Certification Board Exam. To see the exam requirements, click the following link: addiction exam

After completing those five steps you will be well on your way to finding your career in the addiction industry. We have career counselors and addiction professionals to help place you in the right job at the right treatment center. Please click the following link to visit our career section: Addiction Careers

We look forward to seeing you at our next course and Good Luck!




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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (2 South Florida locations) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.