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BeMan-3.pngcome a LAADC*!

CCAPP invites you to become a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC*) and to join our campaign to pass Licensure in California

A Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor is the highest level on CCAPP's career path. With a master's degree, professional liability insurance, and standards equal or higher than licensing statutes in other states, the LAADC puts CCAPP counselors on par with other licensed disciplines in California. The Affordable Care Act is opening new avenues and the demand for licensed level counselors has never been higher. Don't wait for the California Legislature to recognize your qualifications, get licensed today!  

Click here for the ADC/AADC Credentialing Handbook

Do you want to get certified sooner?

“Studies on the SUD workforce say that there is a desperate shortage of professionals to treat addiction. I am glad I chose to dedicate my career to such a satisfying profession. SUD treatment is now one of the ten essential benefits that must be provided under the Affordable Care Act. I am ready for the challenge!”

Requirements for applying for the LAADC*:

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► Completion of a Master's Degree in Behavioral Science or an Allied Mental Health Profession

►Proof of completion of 300 hours of alcohol/drug counseling specific education, with at least six hours specific to counselor ethics (This can be included in the MA degree)

► Proof of Professional Liability Insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million per incident ($300,000 aggregate).

► 4,000 hours work experience

► Passing Score on the IC&RC AADC Exam


Fees and Discounts

Portfolio Review

►$165 Member

►$280 Non-Member

Written Exam

►$174 Member

►$338 Non-Member


**You must pay for the portfolio review and written exam at the time of submission.

Benefits of CCAPP’s Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor Credential:

►Approval to be employed at state licensed and certified facilities

►Ability to bill many insurance providers

►Recognized as the highest level of competency in California

►Preparation for state licensure

►Reciprocity throughout the United States and many countries

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

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


*LAADC is a non-governmental license

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 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.


If you already hold your LAADC credential and want to renew it, click here.


Begin the LAADC Application Here


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