PCB | Certificate of Competency in Clinical Supervision Application | Revised January 2021 2
REQUIREMENTS: CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY IN CLINICAL SUPERVISION
PREREQUISITE: CAAC, CADC, CAADC, CCDP, CCDPD, or CCJP that is current, valid, and in good standing.
EXPERIENCE: One year full-time or 2,000 hours of part-time employment as a clinical supervisor in the substance use or
Qualifying counseling work experience is defined as providing primary, direct, clinical, substance use disorder or co-
occurring counseling to persons whose primary diagnosis is that of substance use disorder or providing supervision of
said counseling. Applicant must have primary responsibility for providing substance use disorder counseling in an
individual and/or group setting, preparing treatment plans, documenting client progress and is clinically supervised. No
other work experience in the drug and alcohol field can be used for counselor certification other than what is stated
Qualifying clinical supervision work experience is based on a specific aspect of staff development dealing with the
clinical skills and competencies for persons providing counseling. The format for supervision is commonly one-to-one
and/or small groups on a regular basis. Methods for review often include case review and discussion, utilizing direct and
indirect observation of a counselor(s) clinical work.
Qualifying work experience can be from multiple employers to accumulate the required years/hours.
If the applicant’s work experience requirement is not fulfilled from their current employer, they must include
documentation from previous employer(s) verifying their title, duties and dates employed with their application. DO
NOT submit a resume as proof of previous work experience. Applicant must contact previous employers and request
detailed documentation of their employment from them.
The applicant must be currently employed as a clinical supervisor at the time of application.
All work experience must have occurred within the last seven (7) years. Volunteer work is not acceptable. Time spent
participating in or facilitating mutual support groups is not acceptable.
Clinical internships completed as part of a college degree program may be eligible to use toward the required work
experience. Internships must be ones in which the student was providing drug and alcohol counseling as described on
page 10 of this application under Work Experience; internships must be well documented by the agency in which the
internship occurred; internships must have been supervised; internships must appear on the official college transcript.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Current job description signed and dated by supervisor and applicant.
EDUCATION: 30 hours of clinical supervision specific education/training.
• Education is defined as formal, structured instruction: workshops, seminars, in-services, college/university credit
courses and online education.
APPLICATION FEE: $100
To maintain the Certificate of Competency in Clinical Supervision, recertification is required every two years. The
professional will submit the recertification application with the requirements for their qualifying credential which must
include six hours of approved clinical supervision specific education.