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

Nathaniel Conklin, NCAC II, CADC II, QMHA

Nathaniel Conklin, NCAC II, CADC II, QMHA, is an Outreach and Engagement Specialist for Fletcher Group. He was previously employed as Program Director of an inpatient treatment center in Baker City, OR. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association of Addiction Professionals, NAADAC's Oregon affiliate. Conklin is well-versed in conflict resolution, crisis management, public relations, diversity issues, and socio-economic determinants. In several previous counseling and supervisory positions, he gained firsthand experience regarding co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed and MAT treatment, ASAM training, risk and needs assessment, clinical, detox, and floor staff supervision, clinical mentorship, treatment planning, the maintaining of state and federal standards, and the establishment protocols, policies, and procedures. He has worked closely with healthcare professionals, medical institutions, non-profit organizations, and the criminal justice system. Conklin gained his Associates degree at Portland Community College, his Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Management at Bellevue University, and is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare through Western Governors University. He serves as a board member for his local YMCA and is also involved in his local Rotary Club.