CDCA Certificate FAQ’s | Mount St. Joseph University

CDCA Certificate FAQ's

Who issues the certificate?

Individuals become certified through the Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Additional information can be found at:

How many credit hours is the course?

The CDCA Phase 1 certificate requirement course is a 3 credit hour course.

When is the course being offered?

This course is offered online and will start in January 2019 and end in March 2019

Is this a fully online course?

Yes the CDCA Phase 1 certificate requirement course is offered in a fully online format.

What is the cost of the CDCA course?

The total cost of the course is $1,500 or $515 per credit hour (3).

Is this an 8 week course?

Yes the course is 8 weeks long.

How do the online classes meet each week?

The online course is a self-directed learning course. Each week you will have a taped lecture to view, an assignment due and discussion board posts to create. All of these activities are designed to be very much like a normal in class experience, with the added flexibility of being able to view the lectures when you have time. There will still be firm dates for assignments.

Are there a certain number of classroom hours I must complete in accordance with CDCA phase 1 requirement?

Yes. The online course is designed to meet the 40 hour classroom requirement for CDCA Phase 1 certification through the State of Ohio.

How do I sign up for the program?

Contact Autumn Richards by phone at 513-244-4228 or by email at to receive information on how to sign up for the program.

What materials does the course cover?

Topics for the course include addiction knowledge, treatment knowledge, professionalism, evaluation, service coordination, documentation, and individual and group counseling. Each of these topics come together to make up the 40 classroom hours that are required for completion of CDCA Phase 1 requirements.

Am I eligible to enroll in the course?

Any Mount St. Joseph University student is eligible to enroll. In addition, a non-student Mount may sign up for the course as a non-degree seeking student. While there are no pre-requisites for this course, Junior or Senior status is highly recommended OR is recommended for persons already working in the field and just starting the certificate process.

Is there financial aid available for the CDCA Certificate if I am not a Mount student?

If you are taking the course as a non-degree seeking student, there is no financial aid available.

What requirements are met by this course?

This course meets the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board (OCDP) requirements for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) Phase 1.

What is the benefit of receiving my CDCA Certificate?

Many social service and criminal justice agencies are now requiring Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant (CDCA) Phase 1 certification through the State of Ohio. If you are a current student at the Mount, having your CDCA Phase 1 Certificate can give you a leg up on the competition for jobs because not everyone will graduate with completion of the CDCA Phase 1 Certificate Requirements preparation course.  If you are not a current Mount student, many organizations in the fields of probation and corrections are requiring their employees to attain a CDCA Phase 1 Certificate to maintain employment. The Mount offers a quality CDCA Phase 1 certificate requirements course with the course materials/curriculum having been developed in conjunction with The Talbert House.

Which department at Mount St. Joseph University houses the CDCA Phase I certificate requirement course?

The Criminology Department at Mount St. Joseph University currently offers the CDCA Phase 1 certificate requirement course.

What types of jobs can I get with a CDCA Phase 1 Certificate?

There are several fields that are currently looking for employees who have the CDCA Phase 1 Certificate already completed at the time of hire. Examples of fields interested in potential employees with an active CDCA Phase 1 Certification are; Probation (Adult and Juvenile), Corrections (Adult and Juvenile), Social Work organizations/companies and Chemical Dependency Institutions.

Do you also offer coursework for the CDCA Phase 2 requirements?

The Mount does not offer a course that covers the CDCA Phase 2 requirements at this time.