Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Counselor Certification in California
California law requires individuals providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) counseling services in a State-licensed program to be registered and hold entry-level certification with a State-approved agency.
STATE REQUIRED ENTRY-LEVEL CERTIFICATION:
Satisfy the entry-level State requirement by earning the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) from California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE). You can complete the formal education for the CATC Certification through Breining Institute’s State of California-approved and CAADE-Accredited distance learning program. More information is at this link: Earn the CATC Certification
RECIPROCITY FOR NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL RAS CREDENTIAL:
After you’ve earned the CATC, you will be eligible for the nationally and internationally-issued Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) Credential from Breining Institute, without taking another exam. And, once you hold the RAS, you may upgrade to advanced levels RAS II, RAS III and the Masters Level M-RAS Credentials, without a fee. Select this link for more information about earning the RAS Credential: RAS Credential Career Track
After you’ve earned the CATC or RAS Credentials, you may then be eligible to earn specialty credentials in supervision, co-occurring disorders, medication-assisted treatment, and other specialties. Select the following links for information about how to earn these nationally-awarded specialty credentials: