Define  Yourself

Thru Certification

Be Recognized



NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2015, all applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher, except for CAC) in a related field.  Related fields are shown in the table below. Individuals who have an application “in-process” prior to July 1, 2015 are still eligible to earn the CAP if a related degree is not held.  Individuals who believe their degree is in a related health or human service field but it is not listed below can request an equivalency review of their degree to determine if it is a related degree.  The procedure for this will be posted July 1, 2015.

Degree Classifications Accepted for Certified Addiction Professional Applications

Addiction Studies/Counseling Mental Health Counseling
Art/Dance Therapy Music Therapy
Behavioral Healthcare Nursing
Child Development/Family Relations Occupational Therapy
Criminal Justice Pastoral Counseling
Counseling/Guidance Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
Divinity/Religion/Theology (only with a concentration in counseling) Psychology
Drama Therapy/Expressive Arts Therapy Public Health
Gerontology Recreational Therapy
Health Education Rehabilitation Counseling
Health Science Social Work
Human Services Sociology
Marriage and Family Counseling Vocational Counseling

Notice:  The performance domains have been updated for the CAP, which has led to the elimination of the “supervision” domain.  As such, supervision is no longer included in the Content Specific Training or the On-the-Job Supervision requirements as follows:

  • Supervision training hours have been deleted (previously, 15 hours of supervision-related training was required for CAP certification.)  However, content specific training hours in two domains has increased to reflect this change.  Individuals applying for CAP certification after August 1, 2014 will have zero supervision training hours, 30 (instead of 20) Treatment Planning training hours, and 15 (instead of 10) Case Management and Referral training hours.
  • The total hours of on-the-job supervision have not changed; however, there is no longer a requirement for 20 hours of on-the-job supervision of the applicant performing supervision related job tasks.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your certification specialist directly.


The CAP designation is a professional substance abuse credential for those persons who are assessing, developing, and providing substance abuse treatment services and plans.  The CAP requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.  Individual’s holding the CAP are recognized/hold the practice rights of “qualified professionals” per Chapter 397, F.S.



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Master's Level (MCAP)



***The FCB is proud to launch its newest credential:  The Master’s Level Addiction Professional (MCAP). The MCAP credential is designed to recognize Addiction Professionals who hold a Master’s degree in a related field.  There are multiple pathways to apply for and earn the MCAP credential.***

Please visit FLCERTIFICATIONBOARD.ORG for more information. 



INSTITUTE FOR ADDICTION STUDIES, is an institution of higher learning located in South Florida - with campuses in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Our faculty is dedicated to guiding our students as they grow and develop, putting them on a successful path for life. We adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse student body, taking into account the many ways in which students learn. Please find a full class, locations, times schedule in "Academics Tab". 


Did you ever want to work with substance abusers? Give something back to the community? Are you in recovery and want to explore what it would be like to help others? Are you a Psychologist, Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage and Family Therapist looking to acquire priceless and rewarding advanced skills that will help you with your clients and differentiate you within your profession? Are you working as a Mental Health/Behavioral Health Tech in the field and want to move into a clinical counseling position, but lack the credentials to do so. Let us help, and guide you toward your goal of becoming a Certified Addictions Professional in Florida. We are Florida's premier "in the classroom" training program.


The Institute For Addiction Studies now has three campus locations located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton.

Faculty at the INSTITUTE FOR ADDICTION STUDIES, are leaders in their field who share a passion for teaching and creating a supportive learning environment that is challenging, collaborative and engaging. Our modern classrooms make it possible to explore the world around us in a safe, encouraging environment. We offer a wide range of diverse courses that are very applicable in today's rapidly changing world of substance abuse counseling. Our faculty are professionals in the field and have multiple years of experience to share with you. They come from a diverse back ground of education and clinical training.

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