10.58.07.11

.11 Certification Eligibility — CAC-AD — Out-of-State Applicants.

A. An applicant certified as a certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug or its equivalent, as established by the Board, in another state, territory, or jurisdiction is eligible for certification if the applicant:

(1) Provides:

(a) A completed Board-approved application;

(b) Documentation or transcripts confirming completion of one of the following from an accredited educational institution:

(i) A bachelor's degree in a health and human services counseling field; or

(ii) A bachelor's degree and confirmation of the completion of a program of studies determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent in subject matter with a minimum of 45 credit hours in counseling, including the required alcohol and drug course work for the certificate, as specified in Regulations .07 and .08 of this chapter;

(c) A copy of a current certification from each state, territory, or jurisdiction, in which the applicant has been certified or otherwise authorized to practice alcohol and drug counseling;

(d) Documentation, satisfactory to the Board, that the applicant is currently certified in good standing to practice alcohol and drug counseling in another state, territory, or jurisdiction; and

(e) Verification that the applicant has:

(i) No history of disciplinary action, past or pending, in a state, territory, or jurisdiction in which the applicant holds a certificate to practice alcohol and drug counseling; and

(ii) Not committed any act or omission that would be grounds for discipline or denial of certification under Health Occupations Article, §17-509, Annotated Code of Maryland;

(2) Pays the application fee set forth in the COMAR 10.58.02;

(3) Has achieved a passing score on:

(a) A national alcohol and drug counselor examination approved by the Board; and

(b) An examination of:

(i) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(ii) This subtitle;

(4) Meets all of the requirements set forth under Regulation .03 of this chapter; and

(5) Complies with:

(a) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(b) The code of ethics as set forth in COMAR 10.58.03.

B. Waiver of Examination. The Board may waive any examination requirements for an applicant who satisfies the Board that the applicant:

(1) Obtained certification in a state or country that grants a similar endorsement to certificate holders of this State;

(2) Became certified in another state or country after passing an examination approved by the Board;

(3) Meets the qualifications otherwise required by Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland, and this chapter.

C. Educational Requirements. The educational requirements for certification in this State as a certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug shall be met:

(1) As established in Regulation .07 of this chapter; or

(2) By providing documentation of the substitute educational and experience requirements outlined in §§D and E of this regulation.

D. Waiver of Course Requirements. The Board may waive one or more course requirements specified in Regulations .04B and .05B of this chapter, except for documentation showing completion of:

(1) 12 continuing education units (CEUs) in the ethics of alcohol and drug counseling; or

(2) 1 semester credit hour or 2 quarter credit hours in the ethics of alcohol and drug counseling.

E. Equivalent Experience Requirements. The applicant shall provide:

(1) Documentation, satisfactory to the Board, of not less than 2 years of supervised clinical experience in alcohol and drug counseling with a minimum of 2,000 hours experience; and

(2) Verification, on a Board-approved form, from employers, supervisors, or colleagues that the applicant has practiced alcohol and drug counseling for the length of time stated in §E(1) of this regulation.