The Level I Certificate Program in Substance Abuse Counseling is designed to meet the requirements set by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Individuals who have not been licensed within 5 years of registration with DSHS must complete 24 college semester hours from DSHS approved courses. The student is responsible for confirming acceptance of certificate courses with DSHS. Students may have to provide a copy of their initial registration letter or show prior test scores and/or that they have completed the education requirements for initial licensure. Students enrolling in this certificate program must meet the basic skill prerequisites set by the department. Students may also obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree and/or a Certificate in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling. Students working toward initial completion of DSHS registration may also be awarded this certificate.