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Addictions Counselling

Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College
The journey to addiction recovery requires the support of trained counsellors with knowledge and skills in the field. Building upon skills developed in the Addictions Services Worker Certificate Program, graduates of the Addictions Counselling diploma program at Northern Lakes College will have the skills to provide counselling to individuals, groups, and families. If you are interested in the field of addictions, are compassionate, and like to help others, this program may be a good fit for you! This program can be taken full-time or part-time, depending on your unique needs.

Office of the Registrar
Grouard Campus
64 Mission Street
Grouard, Alberta, T0G 1C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements
Minimum of 60% in ENG 30-1 or 70% in ENG 30-2. Successful completion of ENGL0190 or equivalent is also acceptable. Students from other institutions may have transcripts evaluated for advanced standing.

If academic requirements are not met, you will need to do an ACCUPLACER assessment. ACCUPLACER minimum levels: 80 in Reading Comp., 85 in Sentence skills, and 6+ in WritePlacer. Contact the nearest campus to set up an appointment. For international students, refer to the International Student Guide.

Other Requirements: 
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students who meet the academic requirements will be mailed an information package and asked to present a personal written statement and a resume.
  • Home computer and access to high speed internet is strongly recommended. Students without basic computer skills will be encouraged to attend a computer skills workshop prior to the start of the program.
  • Practicum agencies may require a Police Information Check and an Alberta Children's Services Intervention Record Check of students placed in their organizations. The inability to present clear checks may prevent a student from completing the program requirements. Contact the Program Coordinator for further information.
  • Students must not be abusing alcohol or drugs for at least 1 year prior to applying, because of the nature of the program. Additionally, students must not abuse alcohol or drugs for the duration of the program.

Distance Delivery Options

Combination of NLC Anytime, Anywhere and NLC Live Online. To learn more about Collaborate and to experience using it, check out this guide:

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,040.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,604.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $804.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 10, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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