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Whatcom 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 one cohort of 30 professionals each.

Behavioral Health Program Mission Statement

The behavioral health program at Whatcom Community College will contribute to the behavioral health and recovery of individuals, families, and our community by providing innovative education to professionals. The curriculum prepares professionals to treat complex and culturally diverse clients in an integrated healthcare team. Emphasizing a person centered, strengths based approach, this program is grounded in evidence-based research. The program empowers students to maintain high standards of excellence while embodying professional values and ethics.


  • Are there additional requirements from the Department of Health for chemical dependency professional credentialing besides educational courses?
  • What are the educational requirements of the Department of Health to become a chemical dependency professional?
  • Who oversees credentialing to become a chemical dependency professional?
  • Can I use previously earned college credits to satisfy the course requirements for either the degree or certificate?
  • Am I eligible for the certificate of proficiency in alternative training?
  • What life experience or training do I need prior to the chemical dependency professional program?
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