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 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

Gary Ferguson, BS, ND

Gary Ferguson, BS, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Physician living in Anchorage, Alaska. For the past 17 years, Ferguson has worked across Alaska to address the social, economic, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the health and well-being of Alaskans. He is a facilitator, motivational speaker, health coach, and technical consultant to communities and agencies about how to more deeply address contributing factors to health and well-being. He is Aleut/Unangan and originally from the Shumagin Islands community of Sand Point, Alaska. Ferguson’s past positions include providing clinical services to his home region at Eastern Aleutian Tribes, serving at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as Senior Director of Community Health Services, and serving as the CEO at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program.