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CCAPP invites you to become a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC-I)

Man-1.pngBecoming certified offers employers and clients a greater sense of your capabilities and experience. Becoming a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I with CCAPP will give you the recognition you deserve to move forward in the profession. Having the CADC-I is an accomplishment that tells the world you have the commitment and dedication needed to promote change and save lives.

Do you want to get certified sooner?

“CCAPP Certification is the 'gold standard.’ I know that wherever I go in this profession or in the world, my accomplishments will be valued. The journey toward certification has been more than just a professional pursuit - I’ve learned so much about myself and the gift I have of saving lives. CCAPP made the journey an experience of a lifetime. ”


Requirements for applying for the CADC-I Credential without a degree:

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► 315 hours of approved education

► 255 supervised work experience (field practicum)

► 3,000 hours of supervised work experience (includes all practicum hours)

► Passing score on the IC&RC ADC examination

> Exam Administration Information

> Applicants have four chances to pass the IC&RC exam. After that they will need to complete the following in order to be eligible for another 4 chances:

•    100 hours of clinical supervision (hours need to be dated after their last fail date)
•    20 hours of AOD education (must be through an approved provider)
•    Exam retake fee $150.00 if they are a member 

► Renewal due every two years (continuing education required)

Requirements for applying for the CADC-I Credential with an Associate's Degree:

► Associate's Degree in Behavioral Science or Allied Mental Health Profession

► 315 hours of approved education

► 255 practicum hours

► 2,080 hours of supervised work experience (includes all practicum hours)

► Passing Score on IC&RC ADC examination

> Exam Administration Information

► Renewal due every two years (continuing education required)

Fees and Discounts

Portfolio Review

►$100 Member

►$250 Non-Member

Written Exam

►$150 Member

►$300 Non-Member

**You must pay both the application review and written exam fees at the time of submission.

Benefits of CCAPP’s Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I Credential:

►Approval to be employed at state-licensed and certified facilities

►Recognition of skills and competencies required to treat clients in any setting  

►The security of knowing that you are on the path to the highest levels of certification in California

►The pride that comes with saying, “I’m a CCAPP CADC-I!”


Applicants are not eligible to test in.

To review the requirements for the CADC I certification in full, please click here to see the Certification Handbook for the CADC I/CADC II/CADC III

Instructions for Initial Application for Credentials

For more information about IC&RC and their credentials, please click here.

Application Processing Times

Application processing times can take six to eight weeks. All steps in an application must be submitted in full, must be complete, and must be accurate. An application is complete when every step has a green bubble. A green bubble with a white checkmark means CCAPP staff have verified and approved that step. Any step that is rejected will have a red bubble and must be corrected by the applicant. The processing time will be delayed and not resume until the applicant corrects the rejected step and re-submits all/any rejected steps.

Certemy User Tips

  • Do not use multiple email accounts. If you need to change your email address, see below.

  • Do not use your work email address. Accessing your Certemy account if you change jobs will become difficult, especially if you forget your password. Changing your email address is not a simple process and takes time. Avoid delays by using a personal email address.

  • When opening a new application, do not use alternate email accounts. Re-enter the exact same information (name, email address, password) you submitted for the original application.

  • Email or other profile changes must either be submitted through our [Contact Us] section or relayed to CCAPP personnel directly through a phone call or direct email.

  • Password resets are done through the Certemy login portal with the [Forgot password?] button.

  • Name changes are done in your account by selecting the [profile details] link from the profile icon in the top right.

  • Be precise in your spelling: your documents are printed according to the information you provide.

  • If you require assistance, use our information request form.



If you are a CAADE transfer, You may be applicable to turn your credential into an equivalent CCAPP credential. To apply for a transfer, click here.


If you already hold a CADC I credential and wish to renew, click here.


Have AA Behavioral Science Degree:

Begin the CADC I - A Application


Have 315 hours of AOD Education: Begin the CADC I - B Application


Feel free to request more information,