What is registration and why is it important?

The California Code of Regulations for Addiction Counselor Certification requires that anyone working in a state licensed AOD facility providing clinical services must register before beginning work (this includes volunteers and paid interns). Registration with an Addiction Counselor certifying organization is what makes you legal to provide clinical services while obtaining your internship hours in the initial certification process.

CAADE suggests that you register as soon as you begin your practicum or fieldwork class (Counselor regulations require everyone to register before beginning to volunteer, intern, or work in any licensed facility). Once you pass the CATC exam you will receive an internship number as a CATC-i and will be considered a registered Intern. You must become certified within 5 years of registering in the state.

Steps For Registering With CAADE:

1) Find the right registration for you. CAADE offers three different types of registration, specific to the applicant's Addiction Studies education and where they are in the initial certification process. You can find descriptions for each registration type by linking to Registration Forms and Fees.

2) Fill out the applicationAll of the applications can be opened by clicking on the bright red links in the Registration Forms section on the Registration Forms and Fees link. They can be filled out electronically as a fillable PDF or printed and completed manually.

**Please note that by signing any of our registration forms, you are agreeing to abide by CAADE's Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, and Uniform Code of Conduct**. 

3) Pay the registration fee. Fees can be paid online on this page by using the PayPal shopping carts provided for each registration type. Debit and credit cards are also accepted through PayPal, you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online. If you opt to pay online, please include a copy of your PayPal receipt with your application. You can also pay by check or money order made payable to "CAADE". A $35 fee is assessed for returned checks.

4) Include any additional required documents. This only applies to those registering with CAADE for the first time.

  • For initial Student Registration, you will need to include a copy of your unofficial transcripts that clearly show enrollment in a CAADE accredited ADS Program.
  • For initial Individual Registration, you will need to include proof of completion for a 9 hour AOD Laws & Ethics Orientation. This orientation is required by all CA certifying organizations as of March 1, 2014. More information about the 9 hour requirement can be found below.

5) Send the application, documents, and fee to us. Applications may be submitted by email, fax or regular mail.

Please only submit your application one time via one method. Multiple submissions create delays in processing.

  • Email to: Applications can be scanned and attached (PDF format only. Pictures of applications will not be accepted.)             
  • Fax to: (562) 275-3494                 
  • Mail to: CAADE Office, 5230 Clark Ave., Suite 1, Lakewood, CA 90712


**Important, Please Read**

  • CAADE must receive your application via email, fax or regular mail in order for it to be processed. Registration cannot be completed directly through this website. 
  • Paying the registration fee online alone does not register you. All required documentation must be received in order to be processed.
  • Lapses in registration will be noted both in our database as well as on this website. Be sure to renew your registration on time!
  • Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for processing. Due to the volume of applications we handle, we are unable to expedite processing under any circumstances.