Become a registered substance use counselor today and begin working while completing your education and credential requirements over the next six or more months. We will provide you with free tuition for an online training program, plus registration and certification fees, with an approved credentialing body.

What is a substance use counselor? 

A substance use counselor provides professional support to people who are dealing with substance use and co-occuring mental health disorders. Substance use counselors work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, mental health centers, community health centers, prisons and private practices. Substance use counselors ensure that clients and their loved ones are given access to the resources and support necessary for their recovery.  

Why become a substance use counselor? 

Being a substance use counselor is a rewarding and fast-growing career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 24.7% employment growth for substance use counselors and behavioral disorder counselors between 2019 and 2029. 

Why choose our program?

Training is fully virtual and at your own pace, and we’ll assist with your job search and placement to help you gain meaningful, full-time employment while completing your education requirements. Learn more about substance use counselor training.

Questions? Email us at or give us a call at (619) 319-WORK (9675).

Who It's For

  • Ages 18+
  • Has a high school diploma or GED
  • Lives in and plans to work in the County of San Diego
  • Fully vaccinated (two shots + booster)
  • Individuals in recovery or with lived experience are highly encouraged to apply

This program offers help:

  • With starting school or a certificate program
  • Finding a long-term job
  • Learning new job skills
  • Starting a career in behavioral health

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the San Diego City College cohort through December 8, 2023 or until full.

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