CAADE Career Track Information


In 2014, the CAADE Board of Directors completed the development of an accreditation process for extension and private postsecondary schools that meet the minimum requirements of the traditional workshop training programs for addiction counselors.  Programs with a minimum of 315 education hours (approximately 21 semester units), based on the TAP 21, qualify to apply for CAADE Career Track Accreditation. Students who complete CAADE Career Track programs qualify for the basic CATC credential. Career Track programs also meet the minimum educational requirements necessary for upgrade to an advanced CATC credential by students who have completed degrees in related clinical disciplines. 

CAADE is accepting applications for accreditation of extension and private post secondary schools to qualify students to sit for the basic CATC credential, or for upgrade to an advanced CATC credential by students who have completed degrees in related clinical disciplines (CAADE accepts degrees in Addiction Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Human Services, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, or Nursing or other clinical degrees from REGIONALLY ACCREDITED college/universities for our advanced tiers, in alignment with the SAMHSA Career Ladder and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Committee [NASAC] guidelines.  

Programs with a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 21 semester units) qualify to apply for CAADE Career Track Accreditation. Click on the links for the CAADE Career Track Accreditation Guidelines Manual and the Fee Schedule. If you are interested in having your school accredited by CAADE, send an email to Father Jack Kearney at

  • Click here to read the invitation letter to school directors
  • Click here for fee schedule
  • Click here for the Career Track Accreditation Guidelines Manual
  • Click here for the self-study application/checklist

In order to attain full CAADE accreditation, addiction studies programs in regionally accredited colleges/universitites must have a minimum of 36 units to comply with the Guidelines for Higher Education in Alcohol and Drug Studies

Career Track Fees (payable by Paypal or credit card)

Private Post-Secondary and Extension Schools

The following schools have historic approval by CAADE for equivalency in basic addiction education when combined with a related degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The curriculum offered by these programs meet the substantial requirements for CAADE's basic addiction education and as outlined by the State of California. Please check with the individual school to find out whether their courses are transferable to an accredited college or university in the event you plan on continuing with a degree program at some future date. Not all private post-secondary schools have courses which transfer, though some do. If you already have a degree from a regionally accredited college or university and need to complete the addiction studies requirement to qualify to take the CATC exam, courses from the following schools will qualify. Please see the Equivalency Form for more information or contact Dr. Carlton Blanton (Chair, ACCBC) at the CAADE office (707-722-2331 Ext.104).

The Breining Institute

Cal State Dominguez Hills Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

The Training Institute for Addiction Counselors (Lakewood, CA)

Loyola Marymount Extention (LMU/LA) Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Beginning April 1, 2015, those attending the above-listed programs who do NOT have approved degrees from accredited institutions, may register with CAADE as students. They will, however, be required to complete a 9 hour Laws & Ethics Orientation in order to ensure that all of CAADE's registrants are educated to the state of California's regulations and laws related to addiction specific counseling.

Completion of the programs will not grant eligiblity to take the CATC Exam until the school is formally accredited. This requirement will remain in effect until each program has been individually and formally accredited as a CAADE Career Track Program. If your school has not yet been accredited, please talk to your program directors and encourage them to do so soon.