Higher Education

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Breining Institute has provided higher education since 1986.

Select this link to see what some Breining Institute students, graduates, and credential recipients, located in 47 U.S. States and 22 countries, have shared about their respective experiences: IN YOUR WORDS

BPPE-required Student Disclosures

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) web site

School Performance Fact Sheet – Addiction Studies Certificate Program

Breining Institute BPPE Annual Report

 Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) Program

  • This Addiction Studies Certificate Program requires completing 45 units (450 hours) of coursework.
  • This program may be completed entirely through Distance Learning.
  • You will spend 10 hrs / week on your work, so you should finish your written assignments in about 11 months. 
  • Your Field Practicum will be completed during the period of your enrollment.

Application / Enrollment Periods

The Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) course is an open-application / open-enrollment program, to which you may apply and start at any time. (Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, new enrollments are not currently being accepted.)

Helpful Links

Online Application for Admission
(Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, new enrollments are not currently being accepted.)

College Tuition / Fees Payment Form

Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE) Request

Study Material and Online Tutorial for Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE)

Transcript Request Form

School Catalog


ASC Course Online Answer Sheets

Journal of Addictive Disorders (JAD)

Mission, Vision, Institutional Objectives, and Core Values

Higher Education approved since 1986

Breining Institute, with its main campus located in California, was first approved as a provider of higher education by the State of California Department of Education in 1986.

Our certificate programs have been specifically approved by the State of California after comprehensive review, and the current agency under which that approval is granted is the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), which may be confirmed at this link: www.bppe.ca.gov

For over 20 years Breining Institute offered State of California-approved and nationally-recognized degree programs – Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate (Dr.AD) Degrees in Addictive Disorders – from 1996 to 2017, but has discontinued offering these degrees. Students who earned those degrees may still request and obtain Official Transcripts for the units and/or degrees earned through those programs by using the Transcript Request Form.

BPPE-required notice and statement: “Approval” means “compliance with state standards as set forth in the Education Code.” Cal. Ed. Code section 94897(l).

National NAADAC-approved education provider

Breining Institute is pleased to be one of the distinguished educational institutions that have earned formal Approved Education Provider status from the nationally-recognized NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals.

NAADAC says of its approval that the “rigorous review process ensures that learners receive a consistent, reliable, and quality learning experience that is applicable to their careers and advances their understanding of addiction and co-occurring disorders-related issues.”

The Breining Institute education provider number with NAADAC is 81727.

Please note: Because the individual courses included within the Breining Institute Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) Program are used to earn a professional credential, the individual courses within the ASC Program do not quality for NAADAC continuing education (CE) credits.

More information about the NAADAC approval is available at this link: NAADAC Approval

Breining and ASC Course accredited by CAADE

Breining Institute is pleased it is part of the class of distinguished educational institutions that have earned formal accreditation from the prestigious California Statewide Accreditation Committee of the California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE).

CAADE describes its accreditation guidelines as “rigorous,” and that, having met these guidelines, “accreditation by CAADE distinguishes your students as among the most highly trained in the state.”

More information about the CAADE Accreditation is available at this link: CAADE Accreditation

Approvals for California counselors

For California counselors seeking State of California-approved certification by professional membership organizations in California, the Breining Institute ASC Course is approved as qualifying formal education for their respective State-approved certifications by California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP), and California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE).

  • The CADTP State-approved certification is the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certification (SUDCC), and approval may be verified at its website at this link: SUDCC Certification 
  • The CAADE State-approved certification is the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC), and approval may be verified at its website at this link: CAADE Approved CE Providers

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Apple Discounts

Breining Institute students and faculty receive special education pricing on Apple computers, software, and other products at Apple retail store locations and at the online Apple Store for Education

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Online students do better

A U.S. Department of Education report concluded that adult distance learning students perform better.

Why? Our experience over 30 years suggests that distance learning students need to have the maturity, motivation and discipline to complete assignments outside of the closely-monitored classroom environment. Fortunately for these students, employers will typically prefer to hire individuals who have demonstrated greater maturity and motivation, which the completion of a quality distance learning program will provide.

Breining Institute distance learning addiction studies programs are not easy. They are meant to challenge students so that they learn valuable information that they can take with them that will make them competent addiction professionals.

A copy of the U.S. Department of Education report is available here: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning