Where are the classes offered?

In-classroom training component is 10-months.  The 2018 program is currently active in Springfield MA on the campus of Springfield College Campus.

In the fall of 2019, we will be offering two classes:

Boston – New Location! In the fall of 2019, a Boston class will meet at times and venue to be determined. Keep checking this page for further Boston information!

Springfield: The Springfield class will meet at Springfield College onWednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. and on the 2nd Saturday of each month from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

When should I begin the application process?

2019 Application Deadline for Springfield and Boston: June 30, 2019

Applications are ongoing and placed on a waiting list for Springfield and Boston. If you are interested in applying for a future program: Visit the BACE Application page to apply now for the waitlist for consideration for the next enrollment period. 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, beginning in the fall of 2018, classes will meet in Springfield on:

  • Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. and
  • On the 2nd Saturday of each month from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The next cycle of  will be determined in the near future. Please check into the website for updates and venues.

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.

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.