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Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA)

AODA Counselor : The process and how Gateway can help you become a Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor

If you have questions about anything on this document please contact Paul Zenisek at or by phone at 262-564-2515. 

This homepage is designed to help students and interested others who are seeking information about AODA Certification. This process, which formerly was done by the Wisconsin Certification Board, is now being overseen by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Should you need additional information not found through the links provided, you may send me an email, contact me by phone or make an appointment to see me.
To obtain the Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) or Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) level of certification it is necessary to obtain the 360 hours of education from one approved provider. Here is a link to all programs that qualify – if a program is not on this list it doesn't qualify (for example, a Masters in Social Work from UW-Madison is not on this list while the same degree from UW-Milwaukee is. Therefore an MSW from UW-Madison doesn't qualify while an MSW from UW-Milwaukee does) 

You'll note that Gateway is an approved provider and the 360 hours can be obtained by taking the eight (8) courses below:

  1. AODA Rehabilitation
  2. Psychopharmacology *
  3. Mental Health & Substance Abuse *
  4. Family and Chemical Abuse *
  5. Professional Practices in Human Services
  6. Interviewing Principles and Recordkeeping
  7. Introduction to Counseling
  8. Group Counseling

All of these courses are offered in Racine, day as well as night classes, and in Kenosha at night. Those with a * are also offered online every semester.
The Department of Safety and Professional Services requires a minimum of an Associate Degree in an area related to AODA for the Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor certification, but not the Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC). Our Human Services degree meets this requirement. The eight (8) courses above can all be used toward earning this degree. For more information about our Human Services Degree, please call 1-800-247-7122 to talk to a New Student Specialist or check out the Human Services Program Page.

Please see the program's Frequently Asked Questions for more information.