The Certification Procedure is a voluntary process which may be initiated by any person desiring to be certified as an addiction counselor. The certificate is awarded by the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association Certification Board under the auspices of the GACA Board of Directors after the applicant has successfully completed the certification procedure. Certification may be awarded to those counselors who demonstrate through the application/certification process, adequate experience, skills, knowledge, and competency in chemical dependency/abuse counseling.
The Georgia Addiction Counselors Association issues two credentials for addiction counselors and one credential for clinical supervisors:
- Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (CACI)
- Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CACII)
- Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
The CACI and CACII are issued based on progression through the certification process of application, written examination, and written case history method. The CCS credential is processed as a separate credential to eligible applicants who meet criteria. Out-of-state certified or licensed addiction counselors who hold a current certification/licensure may seek Reciprocity through the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association by separate application.
Change to Certification Process – Elimination of the Written Case History
On December 3, 2011, the GACA Board of Directors and Certification Board, with the support of NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, announced the elimination of the Written Case History as a prerequisite to new certification as a Certified Addiction Counselor, Levels I and II. This brings GACA in line with the current application process utilized by many other Georgia professional agencies and non-Georgia agencies which do not require the written case history or oral examination.
Hereafter, the CAC Certification Process will consist of submission of a fully completed Certification Application for Addiction Counseling Professionals and a successful score on the National Certification Examination for Addiction Counselors (NCE), Level I or Level II. We believe that these two screening instruments will provide the board sufficient information to evaluate candidates and that, in turn, will provide the clients and consumers we serve with increased confidence in high standard of services.
A competent counselor must possess a wide array of knowledge and skills. Therefore, it is imperative that applicants demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in each of the eight (8) counselor skill groups. Applications must accurately reflect the candidate’s work experience, clinical supervision, and training/education as defined by the Certification Board criteria. Applications that do not meet all requirements including documentation and a passing score on the NCE written examination will be ineligible for certification until such time as these requirements are met.
The Certification Board has begun the process of reviewing all active applications to evaluate these candidates for completion of the certification process and will be awarded CAC certification based upon approved qualifications and a passing score on the NCE for Addiction Counselors.
We appreciate the time, effort, and perseverance expended to become a certified addiction counselor. Thank you for choosing GACA as your credentialing agency.
If there are any questions regarding the certification process, you may contact us using the information below.
Georgia Addiction Counselors Association
4015 South Cobb Drive
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: 770.434.1000 Fax: 770.434.3144