Registration and Membership


The California Regulations for Addiction Counselor Certification require that anyone working in a licensed AOD facility in California must register within 6 months of beginning work (this includes volunteers and interns). Once an individual has registered, they have five years to become certified. You have several options: Student Registration ($25), CATC-i (Intern) Registration ($90) Individual Registration ($90) for the individuals who is not a student or CATC-i); Regular Membership ($90), and Institutional/Organizational Membership (rates vary by number of individuals included at discounted group rates). CAADE suggests that you register as soon as you begin your practicum or fieldwork class (Counselor regulations require everyone to register within 6 months of beginning to volunteer, intern, or work in any licensed facility). Once registered you will receive your copy of the quarterly CAADE Chronicles as well as discounted rates on membership and annual CAADE conference tickets. 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.

Beginning March 1, 2014, prior to registering with CAADE, all individuals not enrolled in a CAADE accredited Addiction Studies Program shall complete a nine-hour (9-hour) orientation course consisting of three (3) hours of ethics, three (3) hours of professional boundaries, and three (3) hours of confidentiality. Students enrolled in or who have completed a CAADE accredited program prior to registering with CAADE shall have the nine-hour pre-registration requirement waived.  CAADE pre-registrants who are not enrolled in a CAADE accredited program must take the orientation course from an approved education provider.

The nine hours of education specified in the orientation course do not count toward fulfillment of the 36-unit CAADE accredited college program.

Read this Overview of Counselor Certification in California (from Father Jack)

Print the appropriate registration application or renewal form below and mail with payment (check or money order - no cash, please) or proof of payment to:
CAADE, 5230 Clark Avenue, Suite 3, Lakewood, CA 90712.

Student Registration Application/Renewal (click for pdf file)

Registered Intern (CATC-i) Application/Renewal (click for pdf file)

Individual Registration (use this form if you are not a student or a CATC-i [intern]) 

Individual Membership/Renewal (click for pdf file)

Institutional or Organizational Membership Application (click for pdf file)

Ethics / Scope of Practice FORMS:

CAADE Code of Ethics

CAADE CATC Scope of Practice

California AOD Counselor Uniform Code of Conduct (revised 2012)

You may pay here with PayPal or a credit card. Save & print your receipt; include a copy with your application as proof of payment. You must complete and submit the Membership/Registration form in order to register or re-register. PayPal payment alone will not accomplish this. Other forms of payment include personal check, certified check, or money order. Checks returned for nonsufficient funds will be charged a $25 fee in addition to the regular fee and must be replaced with cash or Paypal/credit card payment.

Please allow 2 weeks for processing.

Select One of the Following Registration/Membership Options: