Certificate Programs

As the field of counselling grows, it also becomes more specialized.  We recognize the need for clinicians to have access to advanced training, not only to provide the highest quality of care, but also to maintain an edge in the job market.  We have a variety of certificate training programs available, and are in the process of adding more. The specialty certificate programs combine a series of unique, specialized classes to provide the necessary academic training to work with a particular population or disorder.  Consult your local certification  or licensure board about additional requirements to become certified or registered. (Note: If you are already certified or licensed in another discipline, these courses may count toward your ongoing professional development (OPDs).  


Addiction Counselor Certification Training

This track provides 400 hours of multimedia training available to help you learn the skills you need to be an addiction counselor. Learn More





Recovery Support Specialist

Recovery Support Specialists are used in many outpatient and residential programs to provide milieu monitoring and group counseling under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.   Learn More




Recovery Coach

Do you have the desire to make an impact on the millions of people touched by the heartache of addiction?  This track will prepare you to become a recovery coach and start your own business that will allow you to work with clients worldwide.  Learn More



Recovery Residence Administrator

Many places in the US are now requiring recovery residences (sober homes/halfway houses) to be supervised by a Recovery Residence Administrator. The Recovery Residence Administrator is trained in methods to ensure optimal functioning of the residence and how to handle when residents relapse. We have designed this curriculum to provide training in the required areas. Learn More



Sex & Porn Addiction Recovery Coach

Coaches do not diagnose or treat mental health or addictive issues.  As a coach you work with individuals to help them achieve their goals for a happy, healthy life.  The SPARC certificate provides you specialized information about working with people in recovery from sex and pornography addiction issues. This track does require the purchase of a couple paperback books from New Harbinger which provide extremely helpful activities and worksheets to use with clients. Learn More




Trauma Informed Care

Our multimedia trauma informed care track prepares you to help people exposed to trauma due to violence, abuse, neglect, loss,or disaster. Trauma Informed Care facilitates an organizational culture that helps contain, manage and transform people's traumatic life experiences. Additionally, a trauma-informed, recovery/resilience-oriented philosophy and approach to care, treatment and services is embedded in the Joint Commission accreditation requirements.  Learn More




Additional Certificate Training Tracks


  • Behavioral Health Technician Certificate Training (30-Hours/AU$99) This training program prepares entry level staff to assist primary counselors and therapeutic staff by providing clinical support services to adults or children who are receiving substance abuse or mental health services in residential programs, in-patient settings or community based programs. The guidelines we have used are based on those set forth by the Florida Certification Board.  If Australia requires additional self-study courses, we are happy to add those free of charge.  Learn More   Buy Now
  • Criminal Justice Counselor Training (270 Hours -AU$149) Learn more about criminogenic thinking and special challenges facing those recently released from incarceration.   Learn More  Buy Now
  • Peer Recovery Specialist Training (40 Hours / AU$99) This training program is for an entry level certificate for persons in recovery who are wanting to get into the field of  addiction counselling.   Buy Now
  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist (40 Hours AU$99)  The Tobacco Treatment Specialist is designed around the Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist requirements of the Florida Certification Board and based on the objectives set forth by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). Topics include:  Health Education: 3 hours; Assessment and Referral: 3 hours; Treatment Planning and Counseling: 16 hours; Professional Responsibility: 6 hours; Electives: 12 hours. Buy Now


Why is Certification Important?

Certification is based largely on competence derived from knowledge of, and experience in working with, alcoholism and other drug abuse rather than reliance on academic achievement alone. The authority for this certification comes from professionals working in the field of alcohol and drug abuse who share a common concern for development of standards of competence. This credentialing will be available to any person who meets or exceeds the standards for any of the categories in which certification is offered.

For the public:

  • Enhances public recognition for the treatment needs of persons with mental health or alcohol and other drug abuse problems, and the value of specialized professional counseling and help
  • Helps in identifying qualified service providers
  • Increases confidence in service providers

For the certificants:

  • Recognition by a third party
  • Enhances competence and effectiveness
  • Enhances professional reputation
  • Supports continued professional development
  • Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field of practice
  • Demonstrates a certain level of knowledge and skill
  • Increases opportunities for career advancement and/or increased earnings
  • Increases and/or validates skills and knowledge
  • Meets employer or governmental requirements

For employers:

  • Enable third party payments
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Increased competence level of employees
  • Used in making employment decisions
  • Provides professional development opportunities for employees
  • Ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills
  • Increased confidence in employees abilities
  • Demonstrates employers commitment to competence
  • Provides compliance with industry regulation or government requirements