CE for California Addiction Counselors

There are two different entities that require continuing education (CE) for renewal:

Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC):

Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC) in California must obtain 40 (TAP 21) CEU hours every 2 years, including 9 hours of addiction-specific law and ethics.

The California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators requires that CE providers must be a pre-approved to offer courses to CATCs.  Athealth.com courses are not currently available to CATCs in California.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

Certified Alcohol and/or Drug Counselors are required to obtain 60 hours of continuing education (CEH’s) toward renewal of certification.

    • A minimum of 30 hours must be taken in courses offered by an approved provider.
    • The remaining 30 hours can be taken in the area of professional development from providers that are not pre-approved.

The content of all of the courses must be related to alcohol and drug abuse counseling and treatment.

Appropriate topics for professional development hours include development/enhancement of skills, training which focuses on burnout, stress management, relapse prevention, self-assessment, resources, professional behavior, support services; i.e., eating disorders, child abuse, etc., peer assistance, prevention services, co-occurring disorders.

Athealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460.

Assuming that a practitioner chooses courses with topics relevant to drug and alcohol treatment, certified alcohol and/or drug counselors can earn 30 of their professional development hours online with athealth.com  View the course catalog

State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the California continuing education regulations, go to https://www.caadac.org/education/

Page last modified or reviewed by athealth.com on December 29, 2014