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Mike Hughes, McMaster University Continuing Education Addiction Education graduate Mike Hughes, McMaster University Continuing Education Addiction Education graduate

Addiction Education

Bridging the gap between theory
and practice.

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.
Please see new program: Professional Addiction Studies

*Please note: the Addiction Careworker Diploma and Addiction Studies Certificate programs are now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. If you are currently enrolled in either of these programs, you will have until August 31, 2019 to complete outstanding courses. 

As a result, a new program called Professional Addiction Studies (Certificate and Diploma) will launch in Fall 2018.

For more information about the program closure and timelines, please visit the Program Closure Information page. 

Addiction Careworker Diploma Requirements

Academic Credit – 24 Units

To qualify for the Addiction Careworker Diploma, students are required to complete 16.0 Units of required Core Course study, 4.0 Units of Skill Development Electives, and 4.0 Units of General Electives. The required Core Courses and Skill Development Electives ensure that the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field are covered. The General Elective credit component allows you the flexibility to target your educational experiences to your particular work setting or learning interests.

 *All courses in the Addiction Education Program have been approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation for a specific number of education hours. These hours are required to fulfil the basic education requirements necessary for application to the qualifying examination for the International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (I.C.A.D.C.) certification.  For more information please go to the  “Professional Associations ” section of our website, or visit the CACCF website at

As specific electives are required, please contact us to help map out study plan that meets the I.C.A.D.C. requirements.

Course List


Students have until August 31, 2019 to complete their courses. Applications are no longer open.