Where are the classes offered?

The training component meets virtually for 10 months.  The 2022 – 2023 program is currently meeting virtually virtually.

Each of the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 cohorts meets one evening weekly (on Mondays from 5:30 – 9:30 pm or Wednesdays from 5:30 – 9:30 pm) and every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

When should I begin the application process?

We are accepting applications now for the Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 cohort. Classes begin in the fall of 2023. Visit the BACE Application page to apply now.

Watch this website for updates, or contact Della Blake, M.Ed. at with questions.

When are interviews conducted?

Interviews are conducted as part of the application process, prior to admission to the program. Space in the program is limited. Applicants will be invited to interview after their application is reviewed.

When do the classes meet?

For 10 months, classes meet once per week (every Monday or Wednesday from 5:00 – 9:30 pm) and one Saturday each month from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The next cycle is expected to begin in the fall of 2023. Please check the website for updates.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in 10 months. That said, we continue to work with participants and graduates to help with written exam applications and other professional development needs.

What equipment is necessary?

Classes meet virtually by Zoom. A laptop or desktop computer with a camera is required. Classes will use Google Classroom as a learning management system. It is necessary to have a Gmail account to complete the initial BACE application and to use the Google Classroom platform.

If I’ve already taken a course in Addictions at another training program or institution, can I receive credit for it?

We can only give you credit for the classes that you attend. Trainings and/or classes that you take elsewhere might be used for licensure or certification, but that determination will be made by the credentialing body.  The program will provide you more guidance in this regard.

Will I be certified upon completion of the Addiction Counselor Education Program?

You will not be certified or licensed upon completion of the program. You will have obtained a Certificate with Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) upon completing all the requirements of the program. That said, upon completion, you will be eligible to apply to the Licensing Unit of the Commonwealth of Mass, Dept. of Public Health-Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and/or to the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification to take the Written Exam. Once you have passed the exam, you will then be required to have a minimum amount of work experience before being fully credentialed. You will be considered Registered with the Board. Additional information regarding Licensing and Certification processes and requirements will be given during the program.


Della R. Blake, M.Ed.