The 1987 Legislative Assembly established the North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners. Following the adoption of administrative rules in August, 1991, the Board was awarded full accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission in 1992.

The purpose of the Board is:

  • To set minimum standards for the license of addiction counselors
  • To establish core curriculum requirements
  • To approve addiction counselor training programs, internship, and clinical supervisors
  • To establish requirements for the private practice of addiction counseling.

Seven members are appointed by the Governor for staggered three year terms on the Board.  Meetings of the Board are conducted at least quarterly under the provisions of the North Dakota Open Meeting Law. For further information, Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Dakota Law Governing Addiction Counseling

State Statute North Dakota Century Code 43-45-01 through 43-45-08 - Effective August 1, 2007

Rules and Regulations

North Dakota Administrative Code 4.5-01-01 through 4.5-02.1-05 - Effective July 1, 2018.

Code of Ethics

 Notice: If you reside inside or outside of the state of North Dakota and wish to practice via the internet in North Dakota, you must be licensed by the North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners.

NDBACE Law and Rules and Regulation are in PDF format. To read this format you must install adobe reader or similar program.