CATC Tiers

 
 
 

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The CATC Tiered System

In line with our mission to promote and support quality higher education in addiction studies, CAADE proudly presents the Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) Tiered System. The implementation of a tiered system rewards individuals who have obtained certificates or higher degrees from regionally accredited institutions in addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the basic CATC. CAADE maintains the highest certification standards for addiction counselors in the state of California.

Below is the list of requirements for each level of the CATC Tiered System. If you are already a CATC, you may upgrade based on the degree you have earned from a regionally accredited college/univeristy or, if you are applying for initial CATC certification and have met the requirements, you may apply for the CATC which corresponds with your degree level. (click here for list of regional accrediting organizations if you are not sure whether your college/university is regionally accredited). You may need to apply for equivalency if you completed a degree in a regionally accredited college program but did not attend a CAADE accredited college program (see Equivalency Application). If you were certified with another organization which does not recognize college or university degrees, and you hold a degree in a related field, you may apply to be considered for approval to sit for the CATC examination or become certified as a CATC I, II, III, IV, V, or N. (see Equivalency Application)

  • CATC (basic) 
    An individual who is a CATC has completed an addiction studies program or equivalent (315 hours aka 21 units) at a CAADE Accredited Private Post Secondary School or CAADE accredited college or equivalent, has passed the CATC exam, and has completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
     
  • CATC I
    An individual who is a CATC I has completed a CAADE accredited addiction studies program or equivalent at a regionally accredited college or university, has passed the CATC exam, and has completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
  • CATC II
    An individual who is a CATC II has an Associate Degree from a regionally accredited college or university, has completed a CAADE accredited alcohol and drug studies program or equivalent, has passed the CATC exam, and completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
  • CATC III
    An individual who is a CATC III has a Bachelor’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, has completed at least 15 units plus two fieldwork/practicum courses from a CAADE-approved addiction studies or equivalent (including a minimum of two internship courses = 21 units), has passed the CATC exam, and has completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
  • CATC IV
    An individual who is a CATC IV has a Master’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, has completed at least 15 units plus two fieldwork/practicum courses from a CAADE-approved addiction studies or equivalent (including a minimum of two internship courses), has passed the CATC exam, and has completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
  • CATC V
    An individual who is a CATC V has a Doctorate in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, has completed at least 15 units plus two fieldwork/practicum courses from a CAADE-approved addiction studies or equivalent, has passed the CATC exam, and has completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
  • CATC (I, II, III, IV, V) N
    An individual who is a CATC N has a Nursing degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, has completed at least 15 units plus two fieldwork/practicum courses from a CAADE-approved addiction studies or equivalent, has passed the CATC exam, and has completed at least 2,240 hours of supervised work in a state licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility. The individual will have the CATC tier that correlates with their degree level, followed by the letter N.

15 recommended units of addiction coursework for individuals who hold a degree in a related field and wish to become certified with CAADE

--Drugs and Society OR Physiological Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

--Family and Addiction

--Intervention, Treatment and Recovery (Treatment of Substance 
    Abuse—clinical focus)

--Co-Occurring Disorders

--Group Counseling (experiential)

 +   Ethics specific to addiction counseling

             +   Fieldwork or direct experience with AOD clients