Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Addictions Counselling

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Program Information

School:Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Faculty:Health Sciences: Prince Albert Campus
Field of Study:Addiction Prevention and Treatment
Description:It takes emotional maturity, good people skills and a strong sense of self to become an addictions counsellor. If you’re interested, the Addictions Counselling program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will provide the training you need. The program is also the first in Canada to integrate mental health, addictions and First Nations philosophy.

Extensive training hours and experiential learning qualify you for jobs with community-based agencies, health authorities, non-profit organizations, school systems and private companies. Look for a position as a treatment counsellor, addictions educator, group home worker, case manager or employee/family assistance counsellor.
URL:Addictions Counselling at Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,800

Cost shown is for Year 1 of the program.

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have: Grade 12 with English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30.

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 81] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records. All successful applicants must provide proof of Standard First Aid, CPR Health Care Provider 'C' AED or equivalent, and submit the results of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search prior to commencement of the program. (When you are accepted to the program, you will be further advised of the required timelines for submission of the related documents. Please await further notice). The cost of CPR certification, the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility. Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility. If you have experience(s) with a substance use disorder you will need to have reached a level of stability and functionality that will allow you to undertake this program of studies and to counsel others. It is strongly recommended that you consult with an academic program advisor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic if you have questions about your readiness for the program. An interview and/or letter of intent may be required.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on April 09, 2019