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Addictions Counselling Diploma

Program Overview

The journey to addiction recovery requires the support of trained counsellors with knowledge and skills in the field. 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. Northern Lakes College offers a high ratio of student-to-instructor time, affordable tuition, and quality programs.

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Program Locations

Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2024 - NLC Anytime, Anywhere - Available Anywhere; Sep 05, 2023 - Jun 25, 2025 - NLC Anytime, Anywhere - Available Anywhere

Program Year


Program Length:

72 Weeks

Program Type

Human Service Career Diplomas

Program Delivery

This program is delivered online using Bongo and Brightspace.

To learn more about Bongo and to experience using it, check out this guide:

To learn more about D2L/Brightspace, check out this guide:

*Please note that some courses in this program require mandatory attendance to evening classes.

Students must be at least 18 years of age.

It is strongly recommended that students have a home computer, webcam and access to reliable high speed internet. 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.

Because of the nature of the program, students must not be abusing alcohol or drugs for at least 1 year prior to applying. Additionally, students must not abuse alcohol or drugs for the duration of the program.

Students must have a 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.

Some credits may be transferable into other programs at Northern Lakes College (e.g. Social Work and Practical Nurse). University credits are transferable to many post-secondary institutions in Alberta; refer to the Alberta Transfer Guide. Many of the 2-year diploma courses transfer to the 4-year Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program at the University of Lethbridge.

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