Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC)

An individual who holds the basic CATC credential has completed an addiction studies program or equivalent at a CAADE Accredited Private Post Secondary School or regionally accredited college with a CAADE accredited Career Track, 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 basic CATC is the foundation of our tiered system. The educational requirements for the CATC exceed those outlined in the addiction counselor regulations for the State of California. CAADE's Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California has determined that certain Extension programs, Private Post Secondary Schools, and regionally accredited colleges and universities meet the educational and training requirements for the basic CATC, as outlined in the NCCA Standards for Assessment Based Certification Programs [ICE 1100 : 2010 (E)].


Apply or Renew

Initial CATC Application

Summary Of Hours Form

CATC Renewal Application


Print and sign the forms below and attach to your application:

Code of Ethics

CATC Scope of Practice

Uniform Code of Conduct for Addiction Counselors


*Important: Please Read Carefully*

  • Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing. Under no circumstances will applications be expedited.
  • Please only submit your application one time via one method (email/fax/regular mail). Duplicate/multiple submissions create delays in processing.
  • You must complete and submit your application, payment and all required documents in order for your CATC to be processed. PayPal payment alone will not accomplish this.


You may pay by check, money order, credit card, or PayPal. Please print and include your PayPal receipt with your application. Please choose the correct fee from the PayPal drop down menu below.

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