NECODP

National Endorsed Co-Occurring Disorders Professional

The NECODP is designed to address the need for competencies for professionals treating persons with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (CODs).

Why obtain the NECODP Endorsement?

  • Position yourself for career advancement and increased salary potential.
  • Distinguish yourself as a practitioner who has specialized in Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder professionals.
  • Demonstrate to clients, employers, and 3rd party payors your commitment to quality care by verifying through endorsement the skills and competencies you have developed through years of work experience and course work.
  • The NECODP endorsement reflects a commitment of the highest ethical standards for Substance Use and Mental Health professionals.
  • The demand for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder counselors is expected to grow by 22% by 2024.   

Eligibility Reqs

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Current credential or license in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) issued by a state or credentialing authority for the past five years.
  • At least five years full-time or 10,000 hours of supervised experience in Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders treatment, to include two and a half years full-time or 5,000 hours of supervised experience working with co-occurring persons.
  • At least 70 contact hours of education and training in co-occurring disorders. Must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
  • Passing score on the NECODP examination within four years of the application.

Application Reqs

  • Copy of Bachelor’s Degree or higher diploma or transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Evidence candidate has held a current credential or license in Substance Use or Mental Health Disorders and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) issued by a state or credentialing authority for the past five years.
  • Evidence of five years full-time or 10,000 hours of supervised experience in Substance Use or Mental Health Disorders treatment, to include two and a half years or 5,000 hours of supervised experience working with co-occurring persons. 
  • Evidence of at least 70 contact hours of education and training in co-occurring disorders. Must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.
  • Payment of $235.00 non-refundable endorsement application fee.

Fees

Renewals

  • NECODP Renewal Application
  • Evidence of a current state issued credential/license
  • 20 hours of continuing education every three years
  • Provide work history for the three years prior to renewal
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics
  • Payment of $200.00 non-refundable renewal application/certificate fee.

Attainment of Endorsement

The portfolios of candidates who successfully complete the eligibility review and the written examination will be presented to the NCC AP for final approval of award of the NECODP. Candidates will be notified of examination results approximately four weeks after the close of the testing window. Portfolios of passing candidates will be presented to the NCC AP for final review and approval which may consume an additional six weeks. Upon notification of award, the candidate is encouraged to use the appropriate designation (NECODP) after their name in all professional endeavors. Endorsement validation is available at all times through the NCC AP administrative offices.

Please Note: Endorsement holders must maintain current state credential/licensure.  If state credential or license lapses, promotion of a candidate's NECODP is unethical.