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Professional Regulation

Chemical Dependency Professional Licensure



General Information

  • If you hold a current Chemical Dependency Professional license in another jurisdiction (state, the District of Columbia or U.S. territory), see the requirements below under All Applicants and Reciprocity Applicants.
  • If you do not hold a current Chemical Dependency Professional license in another jurisdiction and you currently certified by the Delaware Certification Board Inc. (DCB), National (NAADAC) or other national mental health specialty certifying organization, see the requirements below for All applicants and for Exam Applicants.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge” . This means you will either mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” to mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, or license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.


Requirements for All Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • A Delaware Board Certification form if you are certified by the Delaware Certification Board Inc.(DCB).
  • A NAADAC Certification form if you are certified by NAADAC.
    • The forms must be sent directly from the organization to the Board office. Follow the instructions on the forms.
    • If you are certified by both organizations, certification forms from both are required.
    • If certified by NAADAC, you must be certified as either a National Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC or MAC).
    • If certified by the DCB, you must be certified as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
    • For DCB contact information, see decertboard.org.
    • For NAADAC contact information, see www.naadac.org .
    • A verification of your certification sent directly from the organization to the Board office if you are certified by an organization other than DCB or NAADAC. The organization must be acceptable to the Board. In addition, you may want to provide any other documentation that will help the Board evaluate the organization.


Requirements for Certification Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section, in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • Official transcript(s) showing your Masters degree and 30 graduate semester hours in counseling or subjects closely related to counseling. This transcripts must sent directly from the college/university to the Board office. If you have more than one graduate degree, arrange for the Board office to receive all of them.
  • A Counseling Experience Verification form completed and signed by each of your administrative or clinical supervisor to verify the minimum 3,200 hours of substance abuse counseling experience. If you were self-employed, this form should be signed by a person whom you designate as an objective agent.
  • One or more Supervision Reference forms completed and signed by your approved clinical supervisor(s) to verify the required minimum 1,600 hours of supervised counseling.

See Post-Masters Substance Abuse Counseling Experience Requirements for more information.


Requirements for Reciprocity Applicants

The required documentation depends on whether you have been licensed in good standing for five years in any jurisdiction where you hold a current license.

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the Requirements for All Applicants section above in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • No further documentation is required if you have been licensed in good standing for five years in any other jurisdiction where you now hold a current license.
  • Copies of or links to the other jurisdictions’ licensing law and rules and regulations if you have been licensed less than five years in each individual jurisdiction where you are currently licensed. The Board will review them and determine if any of the other jurisdiction’s law or rules and regulations are substantially similar to those of Delaware.

If you apply by reciprocity with less than five years of practice in any other jurisdiction and the Board later determines that none of the other jurisdictions’ requirements are substantially similar to those of Delaware, you will be asked to provide the additional documentation of your counseling education and experience as listed in the Requirements for Certification Applicants section above. The Board will then consider you for licensure by certification.

 


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