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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Welcome to CCSA's new Behavioural and Technical Competencies for Canada’s Substance Use Workforce.

These workforce competencies describe the behaviours, skill sets and knowledge required for regulated and unregulated professionals who work with people who use substances.

We have listened to you and are redesigning the Behavioural and Technical Competencies in response to your evolving needs in the substance use field. The update is currently in progress. Look for our new and dynamic revisions to the competencies on this webpage in the spring of 2021.

You can now watch the first video in a series of training videos for applying workforce competencies. This video provides an overview of how a competency-based framework using the Behavioural and Technical Competencies can be helpful for your organization.

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To stay informed on the release of the new workforce competencies and supporting guides and tools, please subscribe to the workforce development mailing list.


To stay informed on the release of the new workforce competencies and supporting guides and tools, please subscribe to the workforce development mailing list.

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