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Become a Medication-Assisted Treatment Specialist Today!

The treatment profession is changing as advances in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) are made. Certified counselors who are on the cutting edge of new technologies to treat addiction are in high demand. CCAPP’s Medication Assisted Specialist designation documents your competency, understanding, and value to the modern treatment team in California. Obtaining this specialty can set you apart in the rapidly changing AOD counseling profession. Whether you are interested in documenting your skills by becoming a MAT Specialist, or would like to further your knowledge of new treatment therapies, CCAPP is the place to start.    

As part of a comprehensive treatment program, MAT has been shown to: improve survival, increase retention in treatment, decrease illicit opiate use, decrease hepatitis and HIV seroconversion, decrease criminal activities, increase employment, and improve birth outcomes with perinatal addicts. The MATS credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision, and the passing of a rigorous examination.

Requirements for applying for the “MATS” Credential:

►A copy of current Certification (CADC I/II/III, LAADC, LAADC-S, CCS, CCJP, CPS)

►30 hours MAT-specific education/training, with: 16 hours medication assisted treatment of opioid use disorders, five hours introduction to psychiatric medications, four hours introduction to alcohol pharmacotherapy, five hours motivation and change

►2,000 hours experience (paid or volunteer) specific to medication assisted treatment

►Letter from agency employer or supervisor attesting to the number of hours of experience and the specialty services (specific to the credential) completed at the facility and a recommendation statement

►Signed Code of Ethics

►Appropriate Application Fee

“I want to be the resource when it comes to medication assisted treatment. Getting my Medication Assisted Treatment Specialty credential gave me practical skills I didn’t know I was missing. I was glad to see this specialty offered by CCAPP, because CCAPP means quality wherever you find it!”

Do you want to get certified sooner?

Check out CCAPP’s terrific offerings of online classes.… they’re convenient, inexpensive and CCAPP-approved!

CCAPP approved, online classes

Fees and Discounts


►$10 Member

►$50 Non-Member

*You must hold a current, valid CCAPP certification to apply for this credential

Benefits of CCAPP’s MAT specialty credential:

►Recognition of skills and competencies required to treat clients in medication assisted settings  

►Increased employment value for interdisciplinary work

►Better case management opportunities

►Ability to provide closer integration between types of addiction treatment 

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



This credential must be renewed every two years. Six hours of continuing education specifically related to this specialty must be documented upon renewal (these hours may also be applied toward the renewal of certification).

Renewal Fees and Discounts


►$10 Member

►$50 Non-Member

*You must hold a current, valid CCAPP certification to apply for this credential

Welcome to our new, online certification system, Certemy. You will now be able to renew from your phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet with our new application platform.  Please enjoy this new member benefit: easier access, timely notification of renewal steps, and real-time updates of your certification status. Should you already have filled out a hardcopy application, you may upload it to Certemy. Thank you for your patience. Once you click the below link, simply use the upload option to upload a scanned version of your hardcopy application. Thank you for your patience.

If you are having difficulties, creating a new account should be your last resort. Please contact us at admin@ccapp.us if you are having problems that you cannot resolve with these instructions.

  • Please fill in all required fields when you begin your application.

  • Be precise in your spelling: it is a lengthy process to change errors with user profiles.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Certemy combines starting an application with account creation; however, you can assign yourself different applications without creating multiple accounts. You simply re-enter the exact same information you submitted for the original application you assigned yourself into the new application (name, email address, password) and the new application will be assigned to your existing account.

If you are a legacy user, we would prefer you use the same email you have used with CCAPP in the past.

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