New License Registration

Currently, an application for license in Texas can only be submitted by filling out a paper application. We are in the process of developing an online application for LCDC and Counselor Intern.

All required application forms, fees and other documents must be submitted to our office and a license/registration issued before beginning practice or accumulating the required 4,000 hours of supervised work experience in Texas.  Mail all documents and fees to the address listed on the application form.

Please choose the license type from the selections below to access the necessary forms and for more information about the process.

Apply for Counselor Intern Registration

Applying for registration as a counselor intern is the first step toward becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor.

To be eligible for counselor intern registration, a person must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  3. Successfully complete 270 classroom hours of chemical dependency curricula as described in the rules 25 TAC §140.406 (relating to Standards for 270 Educational Hours) or meet the educational waiver contained in 25 TAC §140.405 (b)
  4. Complete 300 hours of approved supervised field work practicum as described in the rules 25 TAC §140.407 (relating to practicum standards) or meet the educational waiver contained in the rules 25 TAC §140.405 (b)
  5. Pass the criminal history standards described in the rules 25 TAC §140.430 (relating to criminal history standards)
  6. Sign a written agreement to abide by the ethical standards contained in the rules 25 TAC §140.423
  7. Be worthy of the public trust and confidence as determined by the department.
  8. Submit the Counselor Intern Registration application and associated fees.

The counselor intern registration is issued once for a term of five years, during which time a person must complete all requirements for licensure as a licensed chemical dependency counselor, including passing both parts of the required examination.

A counselor intern who fails to complete all requirements during the five-year term can apply only once for a subsequent registration for an additional three years. However, if all requirements, including examination, college degree and 4,000 hours of supervised experience, are not completed by the end of the three-year term of the subsequent counselor intern registration, then the person's application for licensure as a LCDC will be denied.

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern Registration Application Check List

  • Completed application (two pages), signed, dated and notarized with a recent full-face wallet sized photo.
  • Application and background investigation fee of $65 (cashier's check or money order); payable to HHSC. Applications will not be processed without the total fee of $65.
  • Confirmation of submission of fingerprints via FAST process.
  • Documentation of a high school diploma, its equivalent (GED) or a copy of college transcript.
  • Documentation of the 270 education hours. Documentation can be one of the following:
    • An official transcript (no photocopies)
    • Copies of classroom certificates (only if completed through continuing education at a college or university)
    • An official college transcript showing an approved degree which will waive the education requirements

Documentation of a 300-hour practicum. Documentation can be one of the following:

  • An official college transcript (no photocopies) showing the completed practicum course with a letter from the school's department chair/coordinator stating the practicum was completed in the field of chemical dependency
  • A copy of the classroom certificate (only if completed through continuing education at a college or university) with a letter from the department chair/coordinator stating the practicum was completed in the field of chemical dependency
  • An official college transcript showing an approved degree which will waive the practicum requirements

Apply for Chemical Dependency Counselor License (Full LCDC)

To be eligible for licensure as a licensed chemical dependency counselor, a person must:

  1. Complete and submit the required application form
    1. Application for Licensure by Exam/Internship
      1. This application should be completed by all persons applying for registration as a Counselor Intern and to be eligible to test.
    2. Application for Licensure by Reciprocity
      1. This application should be completed by all persons applying for licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor on the basis of a current out-of-state license.
  2. Meet the requirements to be a counselor intern.
  3. Hold an associate degree or more advanced degree.
  4. Complete 4,000 hours of approved supervised experience working with chemically dependent people as described in the rules, 25 Texas Administrative Code §140.409 (relating to Standards for Supervised Work Experience).
  5. Pass the written chemical dependency counselor examination approved by the department.
  6. Submit two letters of recommendation from LCDCs.

Apply for Clinical Training Institute Registration

A clinical training institution is a person or legal entity registered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to supervise a chemical dependency counselor intern.
To become a registered CTI, an organization shall:

  1. Provide activities in an array of the knowledge, skills and attitudes dimensions, including assessment and counseling
  2. Serve a predominantly substance-abusing population
  3. Employ a full-time qualified credential counselor as the clinical training institute coordinator
  4. Be in good standing with applicable licensing and regulatory agencies
  5. Agree to comply with applicable rules
  6. Submit a complete application

To renew your CTI registration

Training and Supervision Forms

The knowledge, skills and attitudes of addictions counseling as defined by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Technical Assistance Publication (TAP 21) "Addictions Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice."
Treatment facilities that can qualify as a clinical training institute include:

  • A public or private hospital
  • A detoxification facility
  • A primary care facility
  • An intensive care facility
  • A long-term care facility
  • An outpatient care facility
  • A community mental health center
  • A health maintenance organization
  • A recovery center
  • An ambulatory care facility
  • Any other facility that offers or purports to offer treatment

Other facilities that can qualify as a clinical training institute include:

  • A school
  • A federal facility
  • A criminal justice facility
  • A church

Register for the Licensing Examination

The Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals is responsible for administering the written examination in Texas. You can download the application form for testing and/or access examination scores on the TCBAP website at tcbap.org/