(1) The secretary shall issue a certificate to any applicant who demonstrates to the secretary's satisfaction that the following requirements have been met:
(a) Completion of an educational program approved by the secretary or successful completion of alternate training that meets established criteria;
(b) Successful completion of an approved examination, based on core competencies of chemical dependency counseling; and
(c) Successful completion of an experience requirement that establishes fewer hours of experience for applicants with higher levels of relevant education. In meeting any experience requirement established under this subsection, the secretary may not require more than one thousand five hundred hours of experience in chemical dependency counseling for applicants who are licensed under chapter 18.83 RCW or under chapter 18.79 RCW as advanced registered nurse practitioners.
(2) The secretary shall establish by rule what constitutes adequate proof of meeting the criteria.
(3) Applicants are subject to the grounds for denial of a certificate or issuance of a conditional certificate under chapter 18.130 RCW.
(4) Certified chemical dependency professionals shall not be required to be registered under chapter 18.19 RCW or licensed under chapter 18.225 RCW.
[2001 c 251 § 30; 1998 c 243 § 9.]