Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Credential

Chemical Dependency students

Recovery is a lifelong journey. Through the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Credential, you will develop the skills needed to support individuals in recovery through entry-level positions in the Chemical Dependency field. It is especially helpful for those who need the experience and training necessary for NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credentialing. Working under the direction of an alcoholism or drug counselor, social worker, or related professional, you would help clients identify benefits and services, and assist with case management, counseling activities, and coordination of services. 

Business Partners

Thank you to Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates. Regional employers that typically recruit for these roles, include: 

  • Catholic Charities of Cortland County 
  • CARS 
  • Tully Hill 

Academic Requirements

The Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires students to earn a passing grade in five courses and typically takes two semesters to complete. These five courses can be applied towards the Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. degree. Courses are offered in hybrid format. 

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Financing Your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. Apply today!