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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, 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!

Fees and Discounts


►$50 Member

►$75 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!”


Click here to download the application handbook for the MATS 


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).

Please see the application here:

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