NAADAC approved education provider_logoWhatcom Community College has been approved by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) as an Approved Education Provider to provide the Alternative Training Program for educational credits.

Chemical Dependency Professional - certification

Whatcom Community College is offering a 15-credit (three quarters) online program to meet educational requirements for Alternative Training (WAC 246-811) for Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) certification. This training will enable advanced professionals* to earn the educational requirements for Chemical Dependency Certification with Alternative Training (WAC 246-811).

The proposed rules for the Alternative Training require the successful completion of 15 college credits in courses from an approved school. This program includes only the educational portions required for CDP.

Please refer to the Department of Health requirements for full certification.

*The following fully licensed professionals are eligible for Alternative Training (WAC 246-811):

  • Advanced registered nurse practitioners under chapter 18.79 RCW
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, advanced social workers, or independent clinical social workers under chapter 18.225 RCW
  • Psychologists under chapter 18.83 RCW
  • Osteopath physicians under chapter 18.57 RCW
  • Osteopathic physician assistants under chapter 18.57A RCW
  • Physicians under chapter 18.71 RCW
  • Physician assistants under chapter 18.71A RCW

Space is currently limited to just two cohorts of 30 professionals each.


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