Addiction Professional Services
California's choice for Counselor Certification
Based on nationally-recognized and credible standards, the State-approved Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) Credential is the "California's choice" for counselors and employers seeking educated and qualified counselors.

As announced in July 2014, Breining Institute and California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE) have joined forces to make earning the CATC Credential accessible and affordable for individuals with a desire to develop competency in this important profession.

To learn how to earn the CATC Credential through Breining’s State-approved, self-paced, distance learning education course, please visit here: California AOD/SUD Counselor Certification

And, for already-certified AOD/SUD counselors seeking advanced or specialty credentials, please visit Breining’s Professional Certifications page here:
Advanced and Specialty Credentials

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity as California transitions to this uniform standard over the next two years.
"Leading the Way" Conference: April 17-19, 2015
With all of the changes going on in California, see why California’s choice for AOD/SUD addiction professionals has been Breining and CAADE for nearly 30 years.

Please plan on joining us at CAADE’s “Leading the Way” Conference, April 17-19, 2015 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX, which will be filled with critical information and great networking opportunities for California AOD/SUD professionals.

The values shared by Breining Institute and California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE) since 1986 are key reasons Breining and CAADE are “leading the way” as they announced in July 2014 the establishment of a single, uniform and credible AOD/SUD counselor tiered credential track for California counselors, based on nationally-recognized standards.

And this is just the beginning of the programs Breining and CAADE are jointly developing for California AOD/SUD professionals.

Mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

AOD Counselors
You must be REGISTERED with a State of California approved certification agency such as CAADE within six (6) months of starting to provide counseling services,

... then you must be FULLY CERTIFIED within five (5) years of Registration

If you are not already registered as an AOD counselor in California, you may register with CAADE here:

Register with CAADE
30% of your staff who are providing
counseling services must be fully certified as of April 1, 2010
or you will be cited by the State of California
Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)


If you already hold an RAS Credential from Breining, including the RAS II, RAS III or M-RAS Credentials, send to Breining a completed "RAS to CATC Application" available at this link:
RAS to CATC Credential

California Law

Here is a link to the State of California law relating to the registration and certification of alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselors and their employers: