Get Certified

CCAPP invites you to become a

Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC-I)

Becoming 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. 

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

“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. ”

Do you want to get certified sooner?

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

► 315 hours approved education

► 255 parcticum hours (internship experience)

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

► Passing score on the IC&RC ADC examination

► Renewal due every two years on DOB (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 (must include 315 hours approved education)

► 255 practicum hours

► 2,080 hours supervised work experience (includes 95 practicum hours)

► Passing Score on IC&RC ADC examination

► Renewal due every two years on DOB (continuing education required)

Fees and Discounts

Portfolio Review

►$145 Member

►$280 Non-Member

Written Exam

►$164 Member

►$338 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!”


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.

Applicants are not eligible to test in, you will be sent missing documents if you complete an online application for testing in.


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.

If you are a CAADE transfer, DO NOT use this application until you have been issued a CCAPP certification! You must have a valid CCAPP certification ID number to use this renewal application. Please return when you have received your CCAPP certification in your digital wallet. To apply for transfer, click here.

If you are a CCAPP certified counselor and have not used Certemy, please use the universal password Cert2017! (case sensitive). You will need to use the "forgot password function" to reset to a password of your choice after creating your profile for the first time.


For additional resources, please see the links below:

To apply for the CADC I by submitting a hardcopy application, please click here to download, complete, and submit by submitting to the office.

To renew a CADC I by submitting a hardcopy application, please click here to download, complete, and submit by uploading to Certemy (see above instructions).

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

Career Ladder

Career Steps

Specialty Certifications

Recovery Related Credentials