Earn an Addiction Studies Certificate

This program prepares you to work in the field of alcohol and substance abuse prevention or addiction treatment. The Human Services Program is a single-source provider with the Florida Certification Board (FCB).

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

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Social and Human Service Assistants

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SKILLS you learn in SPC's Addiction Studies Certificate

  • Basic counseling skills and treatment modalities
  • Behavior modification and therapeutic interventions
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities

Addiction Studies Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2021 (595)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2021 (595), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services

Program Summary

This program will prepare students for entry level work in the field of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and/or addiction treatment. The Human Services Program is a Single-Source Provider with the Florida Certification Board (FCB). The coursework in this Certificate satisfies the content specific training requirements for the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) examination, the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) examination, and the Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) through the FCB. There are additional requirements to quality for these examinations (i.e., work experience). See the FCB website for details www.flcertificationboard.org or contact the Program Director.

These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Social and Human Services - Addiction Studies sub plan.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0451150100: Addiction Services

Federal CIP Code

51.1501: Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Drug Treatment Counselor Aide
  • Substance Abuse Technician
  • Residential or Group Home Worker
  • Program Supervisor or Program Director (with CAP certification)

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Grade of "C" or better in each of these courses

SYG 2324 Principles of Substance Abuse 3
HUS 1431 Issues in Addiction Prevention 2
HUS 1450 Dual Diagnosis I 2
HUS 1480 HIV/AIDS & Drug Crisis 2
HUS 2200 Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling 3
HUS 2302 Basic Counseling Skills 3
HUS 2428 Treatment and Resources in Substance Abuse 3
HUS 2420 Evaluation of Treatment Environments 3
HUS 2421 Methods for Identification and Intervention in Substance Abuse 3
HUS 2949 Co-op Work Experience in Human Services 3
Total Credits 24


SPC's Addiction Studies Certificate meets the educational requirements and prepares you for the Florida Certification Board exams to become a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), or Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT).


This certificate transfers to our Social and Human Services Associate in Science Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

We also offer continuing education for health professionals.

Addiction Studies Certificate