Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor Continuing Education

Clinical substance abuse counselors are required to successfully complete 30 hours of continuing education courses in the first full biennium after they are licensed.  

Biennium from 3/1/odd - 2/28/odd year.

NOTE: Continuing education requirements do not apply to the biennium in which the license was first issued.

  • See SPS 168.01
  • Example Situations for First Renewal:
    • If the license is first issued on 3/30/2011 (during the biennium from 3/1/11 to 2/28/2013), then no continuing education is required for the 2/28/13 renewal.
    • If the license is first issued on 2/15/2011 (during the biennium from 3/1/09 to 2/28/11), then 30 hours of continuing education is required for the 2/28/13 renewal.


The department does not pre-approve continuing education programs. If the courses satisfy the requirements of administrative code SPS 166.09 and SPS 166.10, the department is able to accept them as part of a continuing education program.

The department is able to accept the following courses relevant to the professional practice of substance use disorder counseling, clinical supervision, and prevention work:

  • continuing education courses,
  • undergraduate courses, and
  • graduate-level courses

If the above courses are presented by an:

  • Accredited college or university; or a
  • Local or national professional substance use disorder association; or
  • Other professional mental health or medical health-related organizations.