Substance Abuse Counselor Continuing Education

Substance abuse counselors are required to successfully complete 40 hours of continuing education courses in the first full biennium after they are licensed.  The biennium begins on 3/1/ of each odd-numbered year and ends on 2/28/odd. 

Please Note: Continuing education is not required to renew your license the first time.  See SPS 168.01

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 continuing education courses, undergraduate courses, and graduate-level coursesrelevant to the professional practice of substance use disorder counseling, clinical supervision, and prevention work if 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.

NOTE: Continuing education requirements do not apply to the biennium in which the license was first issued. See SPS 168.01

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