Addiction and Recovery Studies Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get the associate degree or a certificate?

The associate degree is appropriate for anyone entering the field with no prior degree who wishes to work with people with addictions in a recovery setting. A certificate is appropriate for students who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a human services field.

What kinds of jobs are available?

With an associate degree in Human Services/Addiction and Recovery Studies, you may find employment in a detox facility or halfway house or work as a tech or an assistant in an addiction treatment program.

With a bachelor’s degree in a human services field and an Addiction and Recovery Studies Certificate, you can work in case management-level positions in various addiction settings. With a master’s degree and the certificate, you can work in counselor-level positions.

How do I apply for admission?

Go to Wake Tech's website and click on "Apply Now." Complete the application, submit transcripts from high school and college (if applicable) and schedule a placement test, if required. If you have other questions, call 919-866-5420.

Can I apply for financial aid?

Pell Grant funds (for students who meet qualifications) may be used for the associate degree program in Human Services/Addiction and Recovery Studies. Pell Grant funds may not be used for the Substance Abuse Certificate program.

To apply, click on the Financial Aid link when you submit your electronic application for admission. For questions, call 919-866-5410.

Where will my classes be held?

All classes specific to the associate degree and the certificate are held on the Scott Northern Wake Campus, off Louisburg Road.

General education classes required for the programs (English, psychology, sociology, etc.) are offered on other Wake Tech campuses.

Can I earn the degree or a certificate online?

No. Some classes are available in online or hybrid format, but others require face-to-face instruction that allows interaction and practice of techniques.

Will earning a certificate qualify me as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or for a license?

No. Those credentials are given by the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board. However, earning a certificate from Wake Tech will provide training hours that can be applied to the credentials offered by the board.

For more information, download our Addiction and Recovery Studies certificates brochure or contact the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.

What is the difference between the two Addiction and Recovery Studies certificates?

Both certificates meet the educational requirements for potential credentialing from the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board. The intervention certificate includes an internship experience that may be counted as part of the practical hours required for credentialing. The counseling certificate does not include an internship experience.