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Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies

One of the first, and best, of its kind in the U.S., the Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies can help you start a career in addictions counseling or enhance your counseling expertise. Developed in association with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, this certificate raises the quality of professionalism in addictions counseling.


The Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies requires a high school diploma or equivalent and two years in recovery for individuals with a history of chemical dependency.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 14 required courses (21–22 semester units and 0.3 ceu) and an additional 18 hours of electives (1.8 ceu) for a total of 342 hours of instruction. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

You must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 4.0 or higher. All coursework must be completed within five years.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

You should register for the certificate before you complete your second course in the curriculum.

Evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent is required to register. Mail an official transcript to:

UC Berkeley Extension
Behavioral Health Sciences Dept.
1995 University Ave., Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $5,800 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-alcoholdrug@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-1061. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved (usually within two to three weeks), your certificate will be mailed to you.


Advisory Board

Raul Caetano, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Dallas, TX

Counselor, San Mateo Clinic and Director, CAADAC, Region, 4C

Denise Herd, Ph.D.
Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Martha Jessup, R.N., Ph.D.
Associate Adjunct Professor, UC San Francisco School of Nursing

Lee Kaskutas, Dr.P.H.
Senior Scientist, Alcohol Research Group and Senior Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Peter Manoleas, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Community Mental Health, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Stephan Ricol
American Indian Health Center, San Francisco and CAADAC Board Member

Bob Saltz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Prevention Research Group, Berkeley

Wayne Schilling, CAADAC
Former UC Extension Certificate student

James Stillwell
Manager, Community Substance Abuse Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Jimmie Turner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, John F. Kennedy University (current instructor)

Joan Zweben, Ph.D.
Executive Director, East Bay Recovery Project