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

Rose M. Maire, MAC, LCADC, CCS


Location: Glen Rock, NJ

Rose Maire, MAC, LCADC, CCS, has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 30 years and is currently the Clinical Director of COPE Center in Montclair, NJ. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is licensed in New Jersey as a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is also certified as a Master Addiction Counselor and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Maire has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient and short-term residential levels of care. She has also taught graduate level counseling courses and has worked as a Student Assistance Counselor. At the state level, she has served on the Co-occurring Task Force, the Drug Court Treatment Subcommittee, and the Workforce Development Committee. Although she has held many different positions in the field, her first love remains working directly with clients. Maire considers being on the NCC-AP and working with professionals dedicated to maintaining competency standards for addiction treatment professionals to be an honor and a highlight of her career. She currently serves as chair of the NCC AP Ethics committee.