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(1) Individuals applying for chemical dependency counselor certification in Montana must meet the education requirement before making application for certification or beginning the 1000 hours of supervised work experience. Individuals who have submitted an application that is accepted by the department are then determined to be "eligible" for certification. Applicants who meet the education requirement must submit:


(a) a completed application for chemical dependency counselor certification three page form (Form A 1-3) , available through the program office. Application must include original signature of applicant and will not be accepted without:

(i) required documentation of education (official transcripts or document verifying graduation from a certified training program) including required 270 contact hours of chemical dependency specific training; and

(ii) specific information regarding the chemical dependency treatment setting in which the supervised work experience will be completed. Applicants must provide the name of the certified counselor responsible for the work supervision.

(iii) individuals applying for certification who have completed the work experience in another state or in Montana prior to July 1, 1996, will need to submit information and documentation with the application for approval by the department; and

(b) required fee payment.

(2) Applicants will be notified within 30 days if the application has been accepted. Eligible applicants will receive information regarding the written examination and the applicants guide for the oral case presentation examination. Applicants will also receive an examination schedule.

(3) The application will be closed if certification is not completed within 18 months after completion of the required 1000 hours work experience. Individuals eliminated from the certification process will be required to reapply and submit a new application with the required fee payment. Applicants reapplying for certification must complete all examinations.

History: 37-35-103, MCA; IMP, 37-35-202, 37-35-203, MCA; NEW, 1998 MAR p. 1408, Eff. 5/29/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 2963, Eff. 10/27/00; TRANS, from Commerce, 2008 MAR p. 380.

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