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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. 

Professional Associations

All addiction education courses offered by the Centre for Continuing Education have been approved for a specified number of education hours by the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation. The designations issued by professional associations can further enhance your career potential.

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada

Each of the courses is recognized for 33 hours of continuing professional development education to maintain the RRP designation through the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada.

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)

75 Albert Street
Suite 508
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5E7 

(866) 624-1911

All courses in the Addiction Education Program are approved for a specified number of continuing education hours through the CACCF. 

For Addiction Careworker Diploma students who are considering application to the qualifying examination with the C.A.C.C.F. for the International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor designation (ICADC) or the Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC), please consult with the CACCF regarding basic education requirements. 
In addition, contact the Program Manager for assistance in planning course selection based on these guidelines.

11500 Tecumseh Rd. E., Box 22009, Windsor, ON  N8N 5G6 519-739-2465

ADD 121 Working with Problem Gambling is approved by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board for 30 specific hours of continuing education.

In all cases, students register with CCE at the course level (i.e. when registering in a course offered by CCE). In most cases, students must also register at the program level with the association or institute.
It is the responsibility of the students to comply with the program admission and course requirements of the professional association or institute. Each organization has its own requirements regarding application, admission, program and membership. Students should contact the organization for detailed information concerning their program.

Students who wish to pursue a McMaster University Certificate or Diploma, in conjunction with their external designation, should contact the Centre for Continuing Education.


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