Simple Steps

Simple Steps to Becoming a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC)

Get Registered 

Get recognized as a CATC-i by taking the exam

Get Certified as a CATC

Become a CATC I-II-III-IV-V or N (nurse). The implementation of an educationally based tiered system rewards and recognizes individuals who have obtained certificates or higher degrees from regionally accredited institutions or equivalent, in addition to, meeting the minimum requirements of the basic CATC. All of the CATC credentials are widely recognized in the profession as credentials with the highest standard of education in the industry, something employers and consumers alike regard in high value.

Renew Your Credential

Keep your credential current. Make sure to renew (re-certify) your credential ever two years and complete your continuing education units in plenty of time.

Upgrade Your Credential

Are you already certified with ACCBC and you have obtained another related behavioral health or behavioral science college degree from a regionally college of university? Upgrade your certification to a higher CATC Tier (I, II, III, IV, V, N) before your renewal date.


Tip: The I is a Roman numeral for one (1), meaning certified. The lower case i stands for an intern who has passed the CATC exam but has not yet accumulated 2240 hours or supervised internship experience to become certified.