National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II)

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

NCAC II Written Examination

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

Any candidate taking the NCAC II 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 National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II) 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 (25%), pharmacology of psychoactive substances (25%), the theoretical base of counseling (25%) and professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (25%).

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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