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CCAPP invites you to stay a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor III (CADC-III)

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Requirements for the CADC-III renewal application:

  • Completed CADC-III renewal application
  • Completion of 50 hours of CEUs including six hours in ethics and confidentiality
  • Signed CCAPP Code of Conduct for Credentialed Alcohol and Drug Professionals
  • Signed State of California AOD Counselor Code of Conduct
  • Signed CADC-II Scope of Practice
  • Payment of $150

 *If CADC-III status expired more than 30 days, applicant must complete all initial renewal requirements and submit with $150 renewal fee and a $70 late fee = $220

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.

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

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Application Processing Times

Application processing times can take up to 30 days. 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 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 eligible to turn your credential into an equivalent CCAPP credential.

To apply for transfer, click here.

To renew for the CADC-III, please click here:

Begin the CADC-III Renewal Here


To renew for the CADC III (CA), which can only obtained from advancing from an RADT II, a CADC CAS, a CADC I CA, or a CADC II CA, click here:

Begin the CADC-III (CA) Renewal Here




Renewal of Certification hours - Clarification

A total of 50 hours of continuing education is required every two years for most CCAPP credentials*.  These hours must include a minimum of  40 continuing education hours, of which six must be in ethics. Continuing education hours must be earned through a CCAPP approved provider with a current provider number. 10 hours may be earned in "professional development (professional development hours PDHs). PDHs do not have to be earned through CCAPP providers. The 50 hour requirement can be met with all CEH education, or any combination of hours, as long as the PDH portion is NOT MORE THAN 10 HOURS. 

I. Continuing Education: Alcohol/Drug Counseling CCAPP (provider numbers are required, 40 hours minimum)

  • A. Workshops/seminars: Counseling Skills Basic Courses including at Masters Level may not be used for renewal. Minimum of 30 hours must be completed in workshops and seminars in the counseling skill, and must be given by approved providers with current CCAPP approved provider numbers. It is responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the workshop has an approved provider number. All documentation must have the approved provider number and be in advanced alcohol/drug skills.
  • B. Design/Implementation/Presentation of Alcohol/Drug Counseling Topics for an approved CCAPP provider number. (Document by submitting a letter from administrator, supervisor or coordinator of activity starting date, type of activity,  hours involved, outline of activities, and sample brochures, handouts, and other educational materials.
  • C. Initial oral training by Approved ICRC/AODA Supervisors. (Document by submitting a copy of Certificate)
  • D. Ethics: Six (6) hours effective Jan. 2013
  • Trainers receive 1 hour for preparation for each hour if training and each hour for presentation.

II. Professional Development Hours: CCAPP provider numbers are not required (10 hours maximum)

  • A. Design/Implementation/Presentation of Alcohol/Drug Counseling and related topics. Not an approved provider program. (Document by submitting a letter from administrator, supervisor or coordinator of activity starting date, type of activity,  hours involved, outline of activities, and sample brochures, handouts, and other educational materials.
  • B. In-service Education. Formalized training within institutions such as clinics and treatment centers provided for the development/enhancement of skills. (Document by submitting letter or certificate verifying participation.
  • C. Self-improvement seminars, workshops, etc. Formal organized workshop/training which focuses on personal and professional growth issues: (1) Burnout workshop/seminar; (2) Personal growth (identification of strength and limitations, stress management, relaxation, leisure time skills, proper nutrition, spirituality): (3) relapse prevention; (4) Professional Growth (self-assessment, resources, professional behavior, support services; i.e., ACA. eating disorders, child abuse, etc., peer assistance.) (5)Instruction hours of retreat programs which meets the above criteria of professional development are accepted. 

Included as Professional Development

  1. CCAPP Board of Directors Meeting participation. CCAPP Credentailing Board meeting participation.
  2. CCAPP District Meeting Participation
  3. Approved CCAPP/CCAPP Credentialing Committee Volunteer Work (document by submitting letter or certificate verifying participation). 
  4. Examination performed by qualified CPM Evaluators/Commissioners

Not Included as Professional Development

  1. Volunteer 12 Step Work
  2. Volunteer Counseling at Step Houses/Service Centers
  3. 12 Step Meeting Attendance
  4. Group or Individual Counseling or psychotherapy
  5. Alcohol Anonymous, AA Retreats 


Feel free to request more information, by using our information request form.