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< Complete the 40-hr on-line Co-occurring Disorders Ed. Course
and the CDS Certification Exam is waived



     Open application:  For addiction professionals with a related license or certificate from many agencies throughout the US. See list below.

Current addiction professional certification or license

3 years
general clinical experience as a counselor in an alcohol and other
drug (AOD) or substance use
disorder (SUD) treatment setting
Pass the Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CDS) Examination, or
qualify for an Exam Waiver by completing the on-line Co-occurring Disorders Education Course

CDS Exam
90-question multiple-choice
exam administered on-line
CDS Exam
CD-1451 Exam Questions
CD-1451 Answer Sheet

Exam and Answer sheet are
both available on-line
You pass the exam with
70% correct answers
CD-1451 Exam fee $89
No charge for exam until you pass
CD-1451 Exam is based upon the material contained within the
US Department of Health and
Human Services publication
Substance Abuse
Treatment for Persons
with Co-occurring Disorders,
Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 42, also known as TIP 42

The TIP 42 publication is free,
and is available at this link:

TIP 42


Exam Waiver

Complete the 40-hour on-line course, and the CDS Exam is waived
CD Ed Course
Based upon Substance Abuse
Treatment for Persons
with Co-occurring Disorders,
40-hour Co-occurring Disorders Education Course may be completed entirely on-line
Complete the on-line CD Ed Course,
and the CDS Exam is waived
Course is divided into 3 parts,
and course fee is discounted
when complete answer sheet
and pay on-line:
On-line pricing discounts
      Use on-line answer sheet Mail or fax in answer sheet    
    Part 1 $29 $39    
    Part 2 $29 $39    
    Part 3 $29 $39    

For more info and to get started on
this Course, select this link:
  On-line CD Ed Course

Apply today
All CCDS candidates must
complete and submit
CCDS Application
CCDS Application

No Application Fee

In order to be awarded the Certified
Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CCDS) Credential, the candidate
must submit a complete CCDS Application and either proof of completion of the CD Education Course or proof of passing the
CDS Exam.
 $75 renewal every 2 years
(no additional renewal fee if you hold other Breining Institute certifications)


The CDS logo and credentials are proprietary service marks, and may only be used by professionals who have been awarded these credentials by Breining Institute.
Protected logo and service marks: "Certified Co-occurring Disorders Specialist" and "CCDS" credentials, and the "CDS" logo design.
"Certified Co-occurring Disorders Specialist" and "CCDS" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 67864, Class Number 41


    FAQs (frequently asked questions)    
    Q:  Which certification agencies are acceptable for the "current addiction professional" certificate requirement?
A:  There are many acceptable agencies located throughout the United States, as long as they are accredited, State-approved or nationally recognized. The drop-down list below includes many of the agencies, but there may be others that are acceptable.

If your licensing or certification agency is not included on the above list, please contact us for a determination, by sending an e-mail to us at that includes the following: 1) full name of the agency, 2) the web site address of the agency, and 3) which license or certificate that you hold from that agency.



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