MASTER ADDICTION COUNSELOR (MAC)
national certification intended for professionals working within
addiction-related disciplines wishing to demonstrate their specialized
addiction treatment skills gained through supervised work experience and
specific graduate course work.
Why should you obtain the MAC Certification?
Position yourself for career advancement and increased salary potential.
- Enhance your opportunities for independent practice.
your commitment to excellence in addictions treatment with the only
master’s level certification available to addiction counselors.
- The demand for Substance Use Disorder counselors is expected to grow by 35 percent within 10 years.
- Master's Degree or higher in Substance Use Disorders and/or related counseling subjects from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
- Current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorder counselor issued by a state or credentialing authority.
- At least three years full-time or 6,000 hours of supervised experience as a Substance Use Disorder counselor.
- At least 500 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorders. Must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/AIDS-specific training within the last six years. 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
- Passing score on the MAC examination within four years of the application.
- Official Master's Degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Transcript must be sent directly to the NCC AP from your college/university.
- Evidence of current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorder counselor issued by a state or credentialing authority.
- Evidence of three years full-time or 6,000 hours of supervised experience as a Substance Use Disorders counselor.
- Written verification of competency in all skills group by a supervisor or other health care professionals who have personally observed the candidate’s Substance Use Disorder work.
- Evidence of 500 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorders.. Must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/AIDS-specific training within the last six years. 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
- Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.
- Payment of non-refundable credential application fee.
MAC WRITTEN EXAMINATION
The written national credentialing examination is tailored to test the applicant on his or her projected knowledge based on experience, education and training. The following skill groups are evaluated in the examination, and an applicant for national certification should be well versed in each of these topic areas:
- treatment admission (screening, intake and orientation)
- clinical assessment
- ongoing treatment planning
- counseling services (individual, group, family, crisis intervention and client education)
- case management
- discharge and continuing care
- legal, ethical and professional growth issues
Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) written examination consists of 250
multiple-choice, objective questions, which test candidates’ knowledge
in the areas of pharmacology of psychoactive substances (28%),
professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (28%), counseling practice (24%), and co-occurring disorders (20%).
If you have previously taken a certification exam at the state level, you may be able to use these score towards national level certification. See Use of the NAADAC Test at the State Level on Testing for more information.
Examinations are given nationwide (and abroad) on a monthly basis. Application deadlines are the first of the month for testing the first Saturday through the 2nd Saturday of the following month.
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| Application Deadline
||2015 Examination Dates
| January 1st
||February 7th - 14th
| February 1st
||March 7th - 14th
| March 1st
||April 4th - 11th
| April 1st
||May 2nd - 9th
| May 1st
||June 6th - 13th
| June 1st
||July 4th - 11th
| July 1st
||August 1st - 8th
| August 1st
||September 5th - 12th
| September 1st
||October 3rd - 10th
| October 1st
||November 7th - 14th
| November 1st
||December 5th - 12th
| December 1st
||January 2nd - 9th
Suggested Test Preparation Materials
- Evidence of a current state-issued credential/license.
- 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
- Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and subscribes to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.
- Provide work history for the two years prior to renewal.
- Payment of non-refundable application/certification fee of $225 ($125 for NAADAC members). See full list of costs and fees