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 1990, 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 standards of requisite knowledge in substance use disorder counseling;
  • Provides evaluation mechanisms for measuring and monitoring the level of knowledge required for national credentialing;
  • Provides formal recognition to those individuals who meet the national standards; and
  • Establishes appropriate policies for acquiring and maintaining the national 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

Elda Chan, PhD, MAC, Grad. Dip. Family Therapy

Elda Chan, PhD, MAC, Grad. Dip. Family Therapy has over 20 year experiences in treatment of addiction problems in Australia and Hong Kong. She is now the supervisor of the Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment (ICAPT) under Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Dr. Chan is accredited as a Master of Addiction Counsellor (MAC) by NCC AP. She has presented papers and provided workshops at different international conferences and training courses on treatment of addiction and family based culturally sensitive counselling model. Dr. Chan has involved in the development of Gaming Disorder in ICD11. She is also one of the authors of the “Chinese G-Map” that provides a map for assessing relevant treatment issues to assist in planning of individualized intervention for people with gambling disorder. She has conducted studies in areas of youth prevention, addiction treatment outcome, family coping and addiction comorbidities. Dr. Chan joined NCC AP as a Commissioner in 2017.