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:
- treatment admission (screening, intake and orientation)
- clinical assessment
- ongoing treatment planning
- counseling services (individual, group, family, crisis intervention and client education)
- case management
- discharge and continuing care
- legal, ethical and professional growth issues
The National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I) 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 counseling practice (40%), pharmacology of psychoactive substances (30%), the theoretical base of counseling (15%) and professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (15%).
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.
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