NCC AP Announces Updated Exams for NCAC I, NCAC II, MAC Now Available

The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) is proud to announce that it has released updated exams for the National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I), National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II), and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) credentials. The new exams are available as of September 1, 2020.

The newly updated NCAC I, NCAC II, and MAC exams have undergone a rigorous revision, beta testing, and psychometric analysis, and these tests are the most current, updated, and timely addiction-specific tests available. The newly updated exams strengthen these national certifications available for professionals working within substance use disorders/addiction-related disciplines wishing to demonstrate their skills gained through years of supervised work experience and specific course work.

Each of the three exams has 150 questions and a test-takers are allotted three hours to take the test, except in cases requiring special accommodations. The examinations test candidates’ knowledge in the areas of orientation to the treatment process, assessment, ongoing treatment planning and implementation, addiction counseling practices and skills, and professional practices. The exams will distribute the questions across the topics as follows:

 

NCAC I

NCAC II

MAC

Orientation to the Treatment Process

14%

14%

11%

Assessment

23%

23%

23%

Ongoing Treatment Planning & Implementation

25%

23%

23%

Addiction Counseling Practices & Skills

21%

23%

23%

Professional Practices

17%

17%

20%

The beta testing and psychometric analysis resulted in the passing scores being changed to reflect the percentage of knowledge and competency that a person must evidence in each of the three levels. The passing scores are as follows:

 

NCAC I

NCAC II

MAC

Passing Score

67%

67%

75%

These tests have been designed to provide a formal benchmark of the current requisite knowledge and competence at the national level and to provide a national standard that exceeds most state requirements

Please visit www.naadac.org/testing-information for information about testing generally and the webpages for the individual credentials available at www.naadac.org/types-eligibility for credential-specific information, including information about the specific tests themselves.

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