Renewal of the CACI and CACII credentials are required every 2 years. The Recertification Application will be mailed to the counselor’s last known address automatically ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date to give sufficient time to process and issue the new certificate. It is the counselor’s responsibility to contact the GACA office at 770-434-1000 prior to the expiration date if the Renewal Application is not received.
Renewal of certification will be for a period of two (2) years. Recertification will be based on acceptable documentation of 40 clock/contact hours of continuing education during the preceding term of certification. Of the 40 hours required, 20 hours must have a clearly visible GACA Provider Number, be in-classroom face-to-face continuing education. The remaining 20 hours may be other counseling-related topics. A total of 6 hours of Ethics must be included in the 40 hours. This will allow those members who are both licensed and credentialed to avoid duplication of training. Burden of proof of the validity and relevance of training is the responsibility of the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain verification of each educational experience submitted.
During the preceding term of certification, the CACI applicant must have received twenty-four hours supervision by a GACA Certified Clinical Supervisor. The clinical supervisor’s signature and CCS credential number and expiration date will be accepted as verification that the hours have been met per GACA policy. The CACII applicant is exempt from the clinical supervision requirement.
GACA Certification Committee Policies relative to recertification will be provided with the Recertification Application
- Renewal of Certified Addiction Counselor Certificate
- Inactive Status for Credentials
- Recertification after Lapse of Certification Credential
- Extension of Credential Expiration Date
- Use of Credential after Expiration Date
Renewal or Reinstatement of credentials received after the expiration date will be according to the above policies. Exceptions will be made under extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the Certification Committee.
CACI and CACII recertification fees are $100.00 for GACA/NAADAC members and $200.00 for non-members. Recertification Applications received in the GACA office after the expiration date will incur a $50.00 late fee for members and $75.00 late fee for non-members. Membership verification is required to receive the discounted member rate. All fees are non-refundable.
CERTIFICATE REINSTATEMENT APPLICATION
The Reinstatement of Credential Application has been developed for those counselors who have allowed credentials to lapse due to health, both family and self, loss of job, bankruptcy or just could not afford renewal and/or training fees. The Georgia Addiction Counselors Association will extend eligibility to apply for reinstatement of the CACI, CACII, and/or CCS certifications to counselors with credentials not more than 5 years post expiration date. Credentials lapsed more than 5 years are not eligible for reinstatement but the counselor may reapply through the normal new application process to include all fees and testing. Reinstatement Applications will be approved on a case-by-case basis and all reinstatements are at the discretion of the Certification Committee. Reinstatement Applicatons may be requested by contacting the GACA Office at 770-434-1000.