About the Certificate

The Drug & Alcohol Studies Certificate at CCSF

The Drug & Alcohol Certificate at City College of San Francisco is a 39.5-unit program, which emphasizes a public health, harm reduction approach that addresses community, social/economic and individual factors of addiction. We believe the main strategy for addressing addiction should be treatment on demand, expanded education and employment opportunities. All of our classes are offered in the evenings and the Certificate takes approximately 2.5 to 3 years to complete. Credits are applicable towards a CCSF Associate Degree and are transferable to San Francisco State University.  This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS).

All courses have been developed in accordance with the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) guidelines.  Students who want to enter the program must first complete Health 100: Introduction to Drug & Alcohol Studies with a final grade of C or higher prior to moving forward in the program.  Progression through the program requires completion of classes with a grade of C or higher before advancing to the next level.  All courses in this Certificate are transferable to the CSUs.

See the Drug & Alcohol Studies Program Brochure, Course Checklist and Course Descriptions, below, for detailed information.



*** NEW *** Apply for the Fall 2016 Cohort Scholarship (deadline May 13, 2016)!




Every year the San Francisco Department of Public Health - Community Behavioral Health Services - offers support for new students to begin their Drug & Alcohol Certification.  Students who are new to the Drug & Alcohol Studies Program can apply to enter through the "Cohort".  The Cohort offers the same classes as entering as a general student, but it also provides the benefit of (1) a free book loan for the first year, (2) a stipend paid to all students who complete their first year, and (3) direct linkages to support staff and services.  The Cohort is limited to 30 students, and the deadline to apply is May 13, 2016.  (If you miss the deadline, you can still enter the Program independently by registering for classes, but you will not receive the benefits of the Cohort, outlined above.)

Complete the application below if you are interested in the Cohort.  (Two file formats are provided--one is a PDF and the other is a Microsoft Word document.  They are the same application, but you may complete whichever one is more convenient for you).

State Certification through CAADE

The CCSF Drug and Alcohol Certificate is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE, visit them on the web at www.caade.org) . Successful completion of the 39.5-unit Certificate Program is the first step towards California State Certification as a Drug & Alcohol counselor.  Once the student has received their certificate from City College, they will be eligible to take the Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) exam.  Once they successfully complete the exam, they will be expected to submit all the necessary paperwork, including a copy of their completed field work hours in order to be certified as a Drug and Alcohol counselor in the state of California.  These requirements meet the regulations by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Check out the certification timeline

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Drug & Alcohol Certificate will find opportunities in treatment and prevention programs such as:

-Inpatient Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs

-Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs

-Men’s & Women’s Residential Programs

-Education & Prevention

-Harm Reduction Recovery Programs

-Criminal Justice System Counseling Programs

-Juvenile Services

-Gang Prevention

-Mental Health Services

-Social Model Recovery Programs

The Certificate is also designed for in-service development of professionals already working in health and human services.

Teaching Methodology

The curriculum for the Drug & Alcohol Certificate is reality-based and student-centered.  We emphasize a harm reduction approach that addresses community, social/economic and individual factors of addiction.  We are committed to developing professional skills in the field of alcohol and other drugs.  Great effort is made to keep the curriculum current and reflective of prevalent trends and issues in the field.  A distinguished and diverse teaching team leads classes and internships with extensive experience in the field of alcohol and other drugs.