Certified Alcohol and Drug Education

Certified Alcohol and Drug Education

Help Others on Their Recovery Journey

This track is available to Human Services students, and those with an AA or BA in Human Services, social work, or related fields. Approval of the Human Services program coordinator is a prerequisite for admission to the Certified Alcohol and Drug Educational Track.

Alcohol and drug counselors are certified by the Iowa Board of Certification. Counselors may meet the requirements through the education track that includes classes, field experiences, and passing the national certification exam.

Kirkwood Community College offerings to meet the Iowa Board of Certification requirements are:

  • Basic Problem Solving Skills (Counseling Ethics)
  • Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Special Populations/Ethics)
  • Loss, Trauma, Resilience (Special Populations)
  • Substance Abuse and Treatment (Alcohol and Drug Specifics)
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Field Experience (500 hours)*

*Note: If appropriate, 220 hours of Human Services field experience may be applied toward the required 500 hours.

After you successfully complete all courses listed above and 1000 total supervised hours, you can be eligible to take the national certification exam.


Iowa Certification Requirements

  • 24 semester hours of college-level credit in substance abuse, or its related fields (counseling, psychology, sociology, social work, human services and criminal justice).
  • A minimum grade of “C” must be earned.
  • In addition, a minimum of 150 clock hours or relevant education is required. These clock hours may be a combination of college courses. Some special conditions apply. Specifically, hours must be earned as:
    • 45 clock hours in Counseling Theories and Techniques
    • 45 clock hours in Alcohol and Drug Specifics
    • Six clock hours in Special Populations
    • Six clock hours in Counseling Ethics
    • The remaining hours may be earned under any of the Knowledge and Skill Competencies.
  • 1000 clock hours of supervised experience in substance abuse counseling within the past three years. At least 500 clock hours must be documented in performing core functions of the Alcohol and Drug Educational Track.

If using college classes, the formula for converting college credit to clock hours is one semester hour equals 15 clock hours.


Program Coordinator:
Jody Weigel
1024 Cedar Hall
319-398-5899 ext. 5715
800-332-2055 ext. 5715
jody.weigel@kirkwood.edu