Become a registered substance use disorder (SUD) 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 disorder (SUD) counselor? 

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

Why become a SUD counselor? 

Being a SUD counselor is a rewarding and fast-growing career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 24.7% employment growth for SUD 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 career navigation to help you gain meaningful, full-time employment while completing your education requirements.

Questions? Contact Morgan Belden at morganbelden@workforce.org.

Who It's For

  • Ages 18+
  • Lives 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
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