Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

Who may apply? This credential is only available to persons who have completed a Master’s Degree with a clinical internship from a regionally accredited college or university.

Exceptions are not made for applicants based on experience or the various requirements for graduation that do not meet the standards of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. This requirement is by law and is non-negotiable.

There is no grandfathering for this statutory requirement.

How to Earn this Credential (LCAS Procedures Manual – Updated 8/1/2016)

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Criteria A is the standard application procedure for all qualifying Master’s Degrees.

Criteria B is the application procedure for persons who already hold a CSAC from NCSAPPB.

Criteria C Schools/Programs (If your school is not included, then your program is not Criteria C) is the application procedure to pre-approved substance abuse/addictions Master’s degrees.

Criteria D (Deemed Status) please also click here.



Scope of Practice:  The practice of a licensed clinical addictions specialist may be independent and consists of the Twelve Core Functions, including screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, report and record keeping, consultation with other professionals in regard to client treatment and services, referral to reduce the conditions that place individuals at risk of developing addictive disorder or disease with co occurring disorders, and treatment for addictive disorder or disease. The licensed clinical addictions specialist may provide supervision to maintain a [CSAC or CCJP] …