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The CATC Tiered System

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CATC Credential is Nationally Recognized

Because the CATC exam is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies' Institute for Credentialing Excellence, it is nationally recognized and qualifies for "reciprocity" in all states that have certification and/or licensure. CAADE accredited colleges are regionally accredited, which means that the coursework may be transferrable to accredited universities and is portable to other states. That's especially important in states where college degrees are required for certified or licensed addiction counselors.  

Prepare for Degree Requirements in Healthcare Reform Laws

The CAADE college curriculum was the model for the standardized national curriculum that has been developed and already implemented in some states. Healthcare reform will require the addiction counselor of the future to have an AA degree or higher from an accredited program that offers the nationally recognized curriculum. CAADE accredited Addiction Studies programs are preparing students to earn the only credential which will guarantee that they can be part of that future. No other certifying organization in our state can make that claim.

Take It To The Next Level

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 higher degrees from regionally accredited institutions; in addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the CATC. CAADE maintains the highest certification standards for addiction counselors in the state of California and, IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS TREATMENT. The CATC is the model for the future of integrated behavioral healthcare.

The CATC Tiers

Below is the list of requirements for each level of the CATC Tiered System. Please refer to the Certification link above for forms and applications. If you are already a CATC, you may upgrade based on the degree you have earned 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. 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.  
  • CATC 
    An individual who is a CATC has completed an addiction studies program or equivalent at a CAADE Approved Private Post Secondary School or college, 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 of 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 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 of 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 of 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 (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 of 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. The individual will have the CATC tier that correlates with their degree level, followed by the letter N.