NAADAC to Provide Nationally-Recognized Credential to Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Psychologists

The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), under the auspices of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, will now provide psychologists with a nationally recognized credential.

Effective February 2018, the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) College of Professional Psychology’s Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders has fully transitioned to the NCC AP Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) national credential. The MAC credential is an interdisciplinary, well-respected, and reimbursable national credential that reflects the highest standards for substance use disorder and addiction professionals.

The APAPO and NAADAC cooperative agreement was established in consultation with the American Psychological Association Division 50: Society of Addiction Psychology to address a discontinuation of examination services from the College of Professional Psychology’s long-time vendor. The certificate of proficiency offered by APAPO will sunset after the existing certificate cycle expires. Since the program’s inception in 1996, the APAPO College of Professional Psychology has issued 2,627 certificates of proficiency to licensed psychologists across the United States, US territories, and Canada.

The transfer of the certificate of proficiency from the APAPO to the NCC AP MAC credential promises new opportunities for psychologists and reflects a commitment of the highest ethical standards for substance use disorder and addiction professionals.

“It is an honor to work with the APAPO. We are pleased to transition this program and continue to certify those psychologists who completed the training,” states Cynthia Moreno Tuohy executive director of NAADAC. “We will work to build other initiatives to support the work of psychologists and the MAC. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.” Over 319 certificate holders in good standing opted to transfer to the NCC AP MAC credential since the cooperative agreement was announced earlier this year.

Information about the NCC AP MAC credential can be found at

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC's members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.