Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor (MATC)

Breining Institute credentials are held by addiction professionals in 47 U.S. States and 14 countries.

3 years general AOD/SUD experience,
1 year experience designated as a MAT counselor (may be included in general AOD/SUD experience), and
Complete 40-hour online MAT Counselor Education Course.

MATC Application
No application fee.
No membership dues.
Renewal is every 2 years.

40-hour MAT Counselor Education Course
Online Application
Professional Reference Form
Clinical Experience Verification Form

Qualifications for the Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor (MATC) Credential

The Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor (MATC) Credential is available to individuals with an underlying addiction professional license or certification from a State-approved or recognized, or nationally-recognized, licensing or certification agency, when they meet the MATC standards and document their eligibility. There are no application fees to be granted the MATC Credential.

Submit your application using the Online Application Form. Before the application is considered complete, we will need to receive all of the applicable documents requested. If you are unable to upload the documents using the Online Application Form, send the documents to us by email, FAX or by postal mail.

Eligibility Checklist

You will need to document the following:

    • Must hold current addiction professional license or certification from a State-approved or recognized, or nationally-recognized, licensing or certification agency
    • Complete the Breining Institute 40-hour online Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor Education Course
    • Based upon The MAT Counselorthe acclaimed training handbook written by some of the foremost authorities in medication-assisted treatment programs from throughout the United States, the 40-hour MAT Counselor Education Course may be completed entirely on-line
    • Three years full time or 6,000 hours clinical experience in general alcohol and other drug / substance use disorders (AOD/SUD) counseling; and,
    • One year full time (or 2,000 hours) designated as a medication-assisted treatment counselor.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Your hours as a designated MAT counselor may be included in your general AOD/SUD experience.
    • Have a qualified employer representative complete and submit the online Clinical Experience Verification Form in order to submit the information directly to Breining Institute
    • One reference from a supervisor of your work, or from a colleague in the same field who knows of your work
    • Have a qualified supervisor or professional colleague complete and submit the online Professional Reference Form in order to submit the reference directly to Breining Institute

Acceptable Substitutes for Experience Requirement

The minimum clinical experience required is 2,000 hours (or 1 year)

Acceptable substitutes for up to 4,000 hours of experience may include a degree or teaching –

    A degree in addiction studies or the healing arts may substitute as follows:
    AA or AS degree may substitute for 2,000 hours of clinical experience
    BA or BS, MA or MS, or Doctorate degree may substitute for 4,000 hours of clinical experience
    Experience teaching a course or courses within an AOD/SUD program:
    Ten hours of Clinical Experience credited for each One hour of class taught

Renewal Requirement

  • Every two years
  • Continuing Education (CE) requirement every two years is 40 hours

Verify Credential
To verify whether someone has been awarded the MATC Credential from Breining Institute, select the following link to the International Certified / Credentialed Counselors (CCCo) database: International CCCo Verification

Registered Service Marks
These credentials are registered service marks of Breining Institute, and may only be used by professionals who have been awarded these credentials by Breining Institute:
“Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor” and “MATC” credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 66622, Class Number 41