Certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAODC)
Mandatory Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Certification is required for all those who provide counseling services in any program that is licensed or certified by the California Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs or DADP. (California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Section 13000, et seq., as effective on April 1, 2005). The regulations are available at www.adp.ca.gov.
There are nine AOD counselor certifying organizations recognized by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP) and the California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Programs (CADDTP) is one of the nine. As required in the regulations, all nine are currently accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly, National Commission for Certifying Organizations (NCCA).
CADDTP’s Requirements to become a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CAODC™):
1. Within six months of being employed as a counselor in a DADP licensed or certified program, or when six months service as such has accumulated, an applicant must register with and submit a signed code of ethics to CADDTP for certification.
2. Applicants will have five years from the date of beginning employment as an AOD counselor in a DADP certified or licensed program to complete the following:
Visit the Certification Forms page to get the latest versions of required certification forms.
CADDTP Certification levels effective 9/1/11
CADDTP Alcohol/Other Drug Counselor (CAODC)
• Register with CADDTP as an applicant for certification. Registration includes signing a statement that the registrant agrees to abide by CADDTP's Code of Ethics. Once registered, applicants have up to five (5) years to complete the remaining requirements.
• Complete 155 hours of formal classroom education related to alcohol and other drug abuse.
• Complete one hundred and sixty (160) hours of supervised training as a substance abuse counselor.
• Complete of two thousand and eighty (2,080) hours of paid or unpaid experience as a substance abuse counselor.
• Achieve a passing grade on a written examination that is based on the standards outlined in "Addiction Counseling Competencies: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of Professional Practice", Technical Assistance Publication 21, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CADDTP Alcohol/Other Drug Counselor - Advanced (CAODC-A)
• Applicants for the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor - Advanced (CAODC-A) certification must have completed a minimum of 320 hours of formal classroom education related to alcohol and other abuse and have 5 years of actual work experience in providing alcohol and drug counseling services.
CADDTP Alcohol/Other Drug Counselor –Clinical Supervisor (CAODC-CS):
• Applicants for the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor – Clinical Supervisor (CAODC-CS) certification are required to, (i) have completed a minimum of 450 hours of formal classroom education related to alcohol and other abuse; or (ii) hold a current advanced Certified Alcohol/Other Drug Counselor (CAODC-A) certificate issued by one of the accredited certifying organizations authorized by the California Department of Alcohol; and Drug Programs, plus have five (5) years or ten thousand (10,000) hours general clinical experience, two (2) years as a supervisor [which may be concurrently obtained within the required five (5) year, or ten thousand (10,000 general clinical experience), and forty (40) hours of clinical supervisor education courses. Applicants must pass the CAODC-CS exam. The exam may be waived if the applicant successfully completes the CADDTP FORTY (40) HOUR Clinical Supervisor Education Course.
CADDTP will grant reciprocity to AOD counselors who meet the following criteria:
a) The counselor must have been previously certified by one of the certifying organizations approved by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, as listed in Chapter 8, Division 4, Title 9, California Code of Regulations.
b) Counselor's whose certification is current (unexpired) may apply for CADDTP certification without requiring testing.
c) Counselors who have been previously certified by one of the certifying organizations approved by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, where their certification has lapsed (expired), can apply for CADDTP certification, but will be required to test at whatever certification level they are applying for.
d) Counselors who have been certified or licensed in another state, where their certification or license is current may apply for CADDTP certification without requiring testing provided their certification or license meet or exceed CADDTP's eligibility criteria.
Summary of Certification Activities - YTD 4/23/12
Number of counselors recertified - 126
Applicants tested - 9
Applicants passing test - 7
New registrations - 32