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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 Studies Certificate Requirements

Academic Credit – 15 Units

This is an elective program. To obtain the Certificate students must complete a minimum of 15 units of academic credit. You may consult with the Program Manager to develop a personal study plan to meet your identified learning needs based on previous education and experience in the helping or addiction fields. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats to accommodate your learning style and scheduling needs. Students may select their courses from among any of the courses offered in the Addiction Careworker program.

The 15 unit Certificate is not long enough to meet the full educational requirement toward the I.C.A.D.C certification. However, 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 can be used toward 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

Course List


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