The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), under the auspices of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, operates as an independent body for all matters involving the Association’s substance use disorders counselor certification and endorsement opportunities at the national and international level.

Established in 1989, the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) has independent autonomy in the development and promulgation of standards for testing, including who qualifies for the exams, content, administration, scoring and appeals. Specifically, the NCC AP:

  • Develops and keeps current national and international standards of requisite knowledge in substance use disorder counseling;
  • Provides evaluation mechanisms for measuring and monitoring the level of knowledge required for national and international credentialing;
  • Provides formal recognition to those individuals who meet the national and international standards; and
  • Establishes appropriate policies for acquiring and maintaining the national and international credentials.

PLEASE NOTE: NCC AP Certification and NAADAC membership are distinct.  NAADAC membership is not required to hold a NCC AP credential and NCC AP certification does not automatically include NAADAC membership.  Click here for more information about the benefits of NAADAC membership.

NCC AP Commissioners

James "Kansas" Cafferty, LMFT, NCAAC, MAC

NCC AP Chair

Kansas Cafferty has worked in the field of mental health and addiction treatment since 1997. He has worked in several settings, including detoxification, inpatient, and intensive outpatient treatment as both a clinician and administrator. He also has experience in private practice therapy where he works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in La Jolla, CA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor, a National Certified Adolescent Addictions Counselor, Master Counselor of Addictions, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. He has advanced training in EMDR, Psychodrama, and uses an eclectic therapy style that draws from several paradigms.

His primary areas of specialty are in substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. Prior to becoming a Commissioner for the NCC, Kansas served NAADAC from 2007-2014 on the Adolescent Specialty Leadership Committee. His work has been featured in Counselor Magazine and Addiction Professional Magazine. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of the AToN Center in Encinitas, CA and as the Chair of the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals. He is also the Director of Clinical Services at Orange County Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (www.ocpam.com), a thriving psychiatry, psychotherapy, and TMS center located on in the Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA.