Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)

A voluntary national certification intended for professionals working within substance use disorder/addiction-related disciplines wishing to demonstrate their skills gained through supervised work experience and specific graduate course work. 

MAC Written Examination

Any candidate taking the MAC examination specifically for a MAC national credential must be approved by the NCC AP prior to registering for the test. First, a candidate must submit a MAC application. Once approved, NCC AP will send you a code and link to take the MAC examination at a time and location of your choosing.

Any candidate taking the MAC examination as part of a state credentialing or licensing process must contact their state certification/licensing board to obtain the necessary code and online link to take the exam.

Test applications and fees are separate from NCC AP credential/ endorsement applications and fees.

Examination Details

The written national credentialing examination is tailored to test the applicant on his or her projected knowledge based on experience, education and training.  The following skill groups are evaluated in the examination, and an applicant for national certification should be well versed in each of these topic areas:

  1. treatment admission (screening, intake and orientation)
  2. clinical assessment
  3. ongoing treatment planning
  4. counseling services (individual, group, family, crisis intervention and client education)
  5. documentation
  6. case management
  7. discharge and continuing care
  8. legal, ethical and professional growth issues

The Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) written examination consists of 200 multiple-choice, objective questions with a total testing time of three hours.  The examination tests candidates’ knowledge in the areas of pharmacology of psychoactive substances (28%), professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (28%), counseling practice (24%), and co-occurring disorders (20%).

If you have previously taken a certification exam at the state level, you may be able to use these scores towards national level certification. See States Using NCC AP Exams for more information.

Testing Schedule

All NCC AP examinations are now available throughout the month at a date and location convenient for you! You now have more flexibility and opportunity to get your national credential than ever before. Locate a Testing Center in Your Area

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