NCC AP Credential FAQs

Below are answers to many of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding NCC AP national credentials. If you still have questions, please contact us at nccap@naadac.org.

What certifications does NAADAC offer?

NAADAC offers nine national national certifications and endorsements for addiction professionals. The type of certification/endorsement available for each counselor/addiction professional depends upon the experience and education of the applicant. Each level of credential requires testing.  Click here for a full credentials list.

What are the requirements for NAADAC certification?

Each level of certification has different requirements. Details about these requirements can be found by clicking on the title of each credential listed here.

How much does can NCC AP certification or endorsement cost?

Initial applications cost $235, plus the testing cost of $150.  Cost of renewal is $200 every two years for the NCAC INCAC IIMACNCAAC, NDS, and NCPRSS, and every three years for the NECODPNESAP, and NCSE.

What is the difference between my state certification and NAADAC certification?

NCC AP credentials are national optional credentials and do not replace any credential or license issued by a state or credentialing authority. To hold and maintain any NCC AP certification except for the NCPRSS, one must already hold a current credential or license issued by a state or credentialing authority. To see the specific credentialing/licensing requirements for each credential, please click here.

Is the NAADAC test accepted by my state's certifying body?

Where do I get applications to take the certification test?

You can register to take our examination through Kryterion. Kryterion administers the tests on NAADAC's behalf. Information regarding test dates, eligibility, fees, test centers and applications can be found on the homepage for each credential listed here.

Who do I send my completed certification applications to?

Upon successful completion of the certification test (or if you are already certified in your state), download and complete the application. Send the completed application and the additional requested materials to:

National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals
44 Canal Center Plaza, Ste 301
Alexandria, VA 22314

What specialty certification does NAADAC offer addiction professionals?

NAADAC offers addiction professionals several endorsement, qualification and certificate programs. Click here for a full listing of opportunities.

How do I renew my NCC AP certifications?

Renew your credential by following the steps outlined here.

How much are recertification fees for NAADAC certification?

All renewal applications cost $200.00.

When will I receive my renewal application?

Renewal applications are sent out every two or three years (depending on your credential). In addition, renewal applications are available online to dowload. If you have not received a renewal notification, NAADAC may not have your current address. To update your contact information, contact NAADAC at naadac@naadac.org or call at 800.548.0497 ext. 111. Please put "Credential Renewal" in the subject line.

How much does certification cost?

Initial applications cost $235, plus the testing cost of $150.  Cost of renewal is $200 every two years for the NCAC INCAC IIMACNCAAC, NDS, and NCPRSS, and every three years for the NECODPNESAP, and NCSE.

What is the difference between my State Certification and NAADAC Certification?

Certain states allow counselors to use the NAADAC certification for the state certification as well. In other states, where the NAADAC certification cannot serve as a state certification, applicants must be certified by their respective state before taking the NAADAC test and applying for national certification.

Is the NAADAC test accepted by my state's certifying body?

View a list of states that accept NAADAC's test as a means for state certification.

Where do I get an application to take the certification test?

You can register to take our examination through Kryterion. Kryterion administers the tests on NAADAC's behalf.

How do I renew my certification?

Download a renewal application, email NCC AP, or call at 800.548.0497 for a renewal application form. To help ensure that you application is processed before it expires, you must renew your certification 60-90 days prior to expiration.

I missed the deadline. How much are the late fees for re-certification?

The re-certification late fee is $50 per credential renewal application.

Is there a schedule for re-credentialing?

A re-certification schedule can be found by clicking here.

What can I do if my certification has expired?