Please note that effective July 1, 2024 our forms have changed. They are  available on our Forms page. CAADE will no longer be providing new Individual Registrations. All new applicants will need to qualify as students to meet registration requirements.

CAADE’s Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC) is one of three certifying organizations approved by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to register and certify Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD)/ Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselors in the State of California. CAADE’s ACCBC also maintains accreditation with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), to demonstrate to the profession it represents and the general public it serves that its credentialing program has been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts who have determined that the program has met the stringent standards set by the credentialing community.

ATTENTION: Our current review and processing times are around (or slightly under) two weeks for all application types other than equivalency applications.  While we are working to maintain this processing time, our commitment is to keep this time under 30 days.  We strongly encourage applicants to submit their materials at least 45 days in advance of expiration, as well as keep an eye on their email in case there is additional document we require to complete your application.  Please note that we now require applicants to submit their application materials.  We also require all applications to be submitted to us via a PDF attachment submitted to office@accbc.org.  We are no longer accepting applications submitted through the mail or in physical format.

 

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ACCBC Career Ladder

RAC – Registered Addiction Counselor – Counselor is registered (not certified), is working on becoming fully certified, and has not passed the CATC Exam and has not yet met the requirements to become fully certified. 

i – Registered Intern- Counselor is registered (not certified), is working on becoming fully certified, has already passed the CATC Exam, but has not yet met the requirements to become fully certified.

CATC – Counselor has met the minimum ACCBC and DHCS requirements for AOD certification. 

CATC I – Counselor has a Certificate of Completion from a thirty (30) semester unit (minimum) approved Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)/Addiction Studies or Alcohol and Drug Studies (ADS) Community College Program.

CATC II  – Counselor has an Associate Degree, in addition to meeting the minimum ACCBC and DHCS requirements for AOD certification. Degree must be from a regionally accredited college/university and must be in Addiction Studies or a related behavioral health/behavioral science field.

CATC III – Counselor has a Bachelor’s Degree, in addition to meeting the minimum ACCBC and DHCS requirements for AOD certification. Degree must be from a regionally accredited college/university and must be in Addiction Studies or a related behavioral health/behavioral science field.

CATC IV – Counselor has a Master’s Degree, in addition to meeting the minimum ACCBC and DHCS requirements for AOD certification. Degree must be from a regionally accredited college/university and must be in Addiction Studies or a related behavioral health/behavioral science field.

CATC V – Counselor has a Doctoral Degree, in addition to meeting the minimum ACCBC and DHCS requirements for AOD certification. Degree must be from a regionally accredited college/university and must be in Addiction Studies or a related behavioral health/behavioral science field.

CATC N – Counselor has a Nursing Degree, in addition to meeting the minimum ACCBC and DHCS requirements for AOD certification. Degree must be from a regionally accredited college/university and must be in Addiction Studies or a related behavioral health/behavioral science field.