Online Substance Use Disorders Certificate Program

The UW Flexible Option format offers a different way to fulfill the educational hours required to become a SAC or CSAC. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Substance Use Disorders Counselor (SUDS) Certificate is the first online pre-certification program that fulfills state and industry educational requirements for becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (SAC-IT), a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), or a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).


You can help others struggling with substance use disorders by becoming a licensed substance use disorders counselor or by using the knowledge and skills gained in this program to make a difference in your community.


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Who should apply?

  • Mental health and human services professionals who want to:
    • Become Dually credentialed
    • Expand their scope of practice
    • Add substance use disorders counseling to their skill set
  • Professionals who want the skills but do not need state licensure, such as:
    • Clergy
    • Corrections officers
    • Nurses
    • Other human services professionals

Growing Demand

Demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors have grown in recent years, as the substance use crisis in both Wisconsin and nationwide continues to impact communities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the field to grow 18 percent in the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations.

A collaboration of the Universities of Wisconsin

The Universities of Wisconsin is one of the largest and most widely respected public higher education systems in the country. By partnering with UW campuses to offer online degrees and certificates, students of UW Flexible Option programs receive a quality University of Wisconsin education—no matter where they live and work.