Exam FAQs




What are the qualifications for taking the CATC exam?

If you have earned your certificate of completion from a CAADE approved college program (or have met the requirements for one of the Tiers or equivalent), then you are eligible to take this exam. 

Do I need to complete all of my internship hours before I can take the CATC exam? 

No. You may take the exam as soon as you have met the educational requirements.

How can I prepare for the exam?

CAADE offers various Exam Prep workshops to help our members prepare for the exam.  To find upcoming workshops, click here.

The CATC exam is based off the TAP 21 Addiction Counseling Competencies as required by the state of California.  For additional study materials, CAADE offers the Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery: A Practical Guide to the TAP 21 Addiction Counseling Competencies  which provides a detailed review of the TAP 21 counseling competencies, including practice exercises and worksheets along with links to additional resources.

CATC Exam Candidate Handbook 2014 (click link to download pdf file)

Use these links to access Breining Institute's free online CATC Exam Tutorial on Youtube:
Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6

Order the CAADE Text/workbook from Kendallhunt.com/phelps and get a hard copy or an etext for a terrific savings. Our text is a workbook covering all of the addiction counselor competencies outlined in the TAP 21.

I am ready to take the CATC exam, what do I do?

Complete and submit the Exam Eligibility Form, be sure to include proof of completion of a CAADE college program.

Fill out and mail the CATC Exam application

  • CAADE members do not send fees with application.
  • Non-members pay $100 non-refundable processing fee payable to CAADE.  

Please allow 7-10 days for review.  Once your application is approved, the CAADE office will contact you with final instructions for calling PSI to set up your exam date and to pay the $135 exam fee (as of January 1, 2014).  

What’s the next step after I pass the exam?

You will receive a CATC-Intern certificate approximately two (2) to three (3) weeks after you pass the exam.