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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 internationally recognized, IC&RC title, 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:

“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 hour field practicum

► Passing score on the ICRC written exam

► 4,000 hours supervised work experience (an AA degree in SUD/AMHP may be substituted for 2,000 hours)

► Renewal every two years (continuing education required)

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 Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I Credential:

►Approval to be employed at state licensed and certified facilities

►Reciprocity throughout the United States and many countries

►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!”

Click here to begin Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor I Application

To apply for the CADC-I using a paper application, click here to download the form. Please note that any information entered in an incomplete online application will need not be retrieved by staff to combine with a paper application. Hard copy applications must be complete. A re-review fee will be assessed for incomplete applications.


If you need assistance in completing the online form, please visit certification FAQs, or call a certification staff member at 916-338-9460.