Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC)


Dear CAADE Community:

In the process of obtaining reaccreditation for the CATC credential from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE aka NOCA/NCCA), we realized the need to clarify the separation between CAADE's education and certification functions. As a result, the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California -- previously known as the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators Certification Committee -- has been established.

As suggested by ICE/NCCA requirements, the certification committee agreed to adopt a name change in order to distinguish our operation as an autonomous board that reviews its various certification standards using CAADE’s tiered system, which is based on degrees obtained from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Effective July 1, 2012, what was formerly the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators Certification Committee will now be doing business as the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (an official affiliate of CAADE).

As the board continues to review its certification programs, we will advise others in the field of upcoming changes.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carlton Blanton, EdD, CATC V
Chair, Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC)

Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California

Carlton Blanton, EdD —  Chair, CSULA (Emeritus), East LACC

Mike Webb, Donnie Watson, Deborah White, Amy Atwell, Lorrie Linn-Odell, Cyndie Dunkerson, Holly Wagner, Leslie Minnig (Public Member)


ACCBC Responsibilities:

1. Hire and train staff to review all applications for certification and administer written certification examinations
2. Ensure applications meet set requirements
3. Review appeals and/or requests and direct staff accordingly
4. Abide by Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and Administrative Agreements that govern the corporation
5. Maintain the integrity of the application process and ensure that deliberations and certification timelines of ACCBC are designed to determine whether the applicant meets standards. That determination is the jurisdiction and responsibility of the ACCBC.



CAADE's Certification Board (ACCBC) is an autonomous authority that confers credentials, standards, and requirements for CAADE. Certification does not imply or allow the individual holder to diagnose disease, as specified under applicable state or federal law. Certification is not issued or mandated by state or federal authority.
CAADE's ACCBC recognizes that equal opportunity is fundamental to equality of in all forms of human endeavor. Therefore, all board, administrative practices and procedures are non-discriminatory. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1991 (42 USC §1981, 2000e et seq), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 USC §794), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 USC §6101 et seq), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC §12101 et seq), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, neither ACCBC officers, employees or volunteers shall discriminate against members, registrants, employees or other professionals on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, economic condition, disability, or age in the certification/registration process, or in its programs and activities. Further, they shall comply with the policy of protecting the privacy of clients and may not disclose (without written consent) confidential information acquired in the certification or registration processes.