Thank you for your interest in applying for certification in the State of Idaho. This is a guide for the process of gaining the designation of Substance Use Disorder Associate (SUDA) under the auspices of the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor Certification, Inc. (IBADCC). Please note: Information contained herein may be changed without notice.

IBADCC is an independent, non-profit corporation whose purpose is to set and maintain professional certification standards for practitioners in addictions counseling. This serves the profession by controlling the practitioner standards and qualifications at the state level and it provides the individual with a credential signifying professional competency.

Renewal applications must be completed on or before your certification expiration date. If your renewal is completed after your expiration date and within the first 30 days, you will be charged a grace period fee. Any time after a month from your expiration date, your certification is considered lapsed. Certifications at any level that have been expired more than six (6) months MUST go through the process of reapplying and retesting for their certification, unless inactive status was approved.

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SUDA Applications and Renewals should be completed and submitted online.

Existing certificate holders should login with their email on file with IBADCC.
New applicants should click here to submit a new application.


Experience/Educational Requirements:

A. The Substance Use Disorder Associate certificate holder is considered a “trainee” in the State of Idaho. The SUDA certification was developed through a collaborative effort between IBADCC, the Department of Health and Welfare, and the IDEAS! Consortiums, as a way of ensuring that those individuals considered “trainees” enter into the addictions treatment field with specific knowledge and skills to work with clients who have substance use disorders. The SUDA certificate also provides the trainee with some recognition while working towards their CADC or ACADC certification.

Please Note: The SUDA certification is not recognized by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, and consequently does not have reciprocity in other IC&RC states.

B. Official college or university transcripts from an accredited institution, showing a passing grade in the following courses:

Introduction to Drug & Society 3 credits 45 hours
Family & Chemical Dependency 3 credits 45 hours
Counseling Techniques 1 3 credits 45 hours
Pharmacology 3 credits 45 hours
Screening & Assessment 3 credits 45 hours
Case Management 3 credits 45 hours
Ethics for Addiction Counselors 2 credits 30 hours
Blood Borne Pathogens 1 credit 15 hours
Total for ISAS 21 credits 315 clock hours

IC&RC has initiated new domains for the CADC and ACADC. The following is a cross-walk that includes these domains and correlates with the required SUDA classes which were determined by a review of the TASKS in these domains. Tasks are listed under Section II-3 in the manual.

College Class



Introduction to Drugs and Society

Screening, Assessment and Engagement-Tasks 3
Counseling- Tasks 3,5,8

3 credits, 45 hours

The Family and Chemical Dependency

Counseling- Tasks 3,5,8

3 credits, 45 hours


Screening, Assessment and Engagement- Task 3
Counseling – Task 3,5,8

3 credits, 45 hours

Screening and Assessment

Screening and Assessment- All tasks

3 credits, 45 hours

Case Management

Treatment Planning, Collaboration and Referral- All Tasks

3 credits, 45 hours

Ethics for Addiction Counselors

Professional and Ethical Responsibilities- All Tasks

2 credits, 30 hours

Blood Borne Pathogens

Professional and Ethical Responsibilities- Task 3

1 credit, 15 hours

Recommended:  Group Skills

Counseling Tasks 3,5,8

3 credits, 45 hours


C. Completion of a 300 hour, supervised practicum, with a minimum of ten (10) hours in each of the 12 Core Functions (Section II). Candidates may meet this requirement either through a practicum course offered by an accredited educational institution, or by developing an Internship/Practicum Plan with the practicum supervisor (Section IV). Supervision is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge and generally occurs early in a career. Supervision must take place in a setting where AODA counseling is being provided. Supervision may be a part of the eligible work experience. Supervision may be completed under more than one supervisor or agency. Please see Section II for additional information regarding supervision. A supervisor MUST meet the one of the following requirements and provide documentation of qualifications:

  • a CADC who has been certified for 3 years and has completed 15 hours of training in supervision OR
  • an ACADC OR
  • a CCS OR
  • a person with a Master’s Degree and license in addictions counseling or Master's Degree and certification in addictions counseling
  • OR an approved Health and Welfare Clinical Supervisor (QP) under IDAPA

Please Note: We will not process any part of your application until we have received your $65 application fee.

SUDA Testing and Fees

A completed application must be submitted and approved in order to be eligible to test.


Application $65.00
CBT Exam $160.00
Two-Year Renewal Fee
State Certification