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Approval in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Certification Board

  • Provider
    • PCB 455
  • 40 CE Credit hours required every 2 years

Applies To:

  • Pennsylvania Addiction Counselors
  • Pennsylvania Prevention Specialists

Our distant learning courses are available for continuing education credit for addiction counselors, as set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board.
Addiction Counselor CE, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (provider #455). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

All credit hours can be distant learning (online/homestudy) for both initial and recertification. Initial certification is 100 hours. *NOTE:*Most of our courses have been submitted to PCB for approval. However, very new courses may not yet be approved. Prior to starting a course, it is best to check the current PCB approved courses list, found here:
  • Note: Type in “CE Learning Systems” into the training/provider search box *

For information on the different certifications visit:

Required Recertification Hours
All credentials require 3 hours in PCB approved professional ethics and responsibilities.
Acceptable trainings that would meet this requirement are: ethics related to human
services, HIPAA, confidentiality, and mental health law.
*AAC, CAAC, CADC, CAADC and CCJP*- 40 hours of PCB Approved Education relevant to addiction.

CCS – 6 hours of PCB Approved Education specific to one or more of the clinical supervisor domains Assessment/Evaluation, Counselor Development, Management/Administration, and Professional

*APS and CPS*- 40 hours of PCB Approved Education relative to prevention with 3 in ethics.
CAAP – 25 hours of PCB Approved Education relevant to addiction with 3 in ethics.

Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling – Recertified at the same time as your qualifying credential. Submit the appropriate number of PCB approved hours of education for your qualifying credential, including 6 hours of PCB approved gambling specific education (within the total number required for your credential).

Board Contact Info

Pennsylvania Certification Board (AODA Counselors)
298 S. Progress Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: 717.540.4455
Fax: 717.540.4458
[email protected]

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