Become 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!  

Requirements for applying for the LAADC*:

“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!”

Do you want to get certified sooner?

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

 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 $1.3 million per incident 

 4,000 hours work experience

►Completion of the following trainings from a CCAPP approved provider: 10 Hours in Private Practice, and 40 Hours in Screening for a Co-Occurring Disorder


 Passing Score on the IC&RC AADC Exam


Fees and Discounts

Portfolio Review

►$145 Member

►$280 Non-Member

Written Exam

►$164 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

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. This hardcopy application is no longer available. Should you already have filled out a hardcopy application, you may upload it to Certemy. First-time applicants or those who have filled out a hardcopy must use Certemy. 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 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.


To renew for the LAADC online, please click here:

To renew the LAADC - CA or for CAADE transfers needing to renew the LAADC - CA, please click here:

To renew the LAADC-S online, please click here:

For additional resources, please see the links below:

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

To renew a LAADCI by submitting a hardcopy application, please click here to download, complete, and submit to the office. 

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


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