CIT Changes Have Taken Effect

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, the newly adopted standards for the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) credential took effect. The changes will not only strengthen the credential to better represent it as the first step in a career but also better reflect the needs of the field. Currently the following standards will apply for the CIT credential:

100 hours of total addiction specific training, including: a MINIMUM of 30 hours of co-occurring disorders specific coursework; 12 hours of CCB approved ethics, and;
The 6 hour “Overview of the CCB Certification Process” course.

CIT credentials that are issued after July 1, 2015 will be valid for a period of 3 years with no renewal. This should provide sufficient time to allow for an individual to meet all of the standards of the advanced credential they seek. Individuals holding the CIT will be continue to be eligible to sit for the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) examination, as well as having the added benefit of being eligible to sit for the Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) examination. The CIT application fee, which has been adjusted to $100 for the additional year of the credential, will continue to be deducted from the CAC (and now CCDP) application fees. Any CIT that has been initially issued prior to and between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015 will be allowed a single 1 (one) year renewal. Any CIT credentials which were initially issued prior to that date are ineligible for any further renewals.

Questions regarding the changes to this standard should be addressed to

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