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Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor is based on internationally adopted professional standards established by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The Tennessee Certification Board offers two pathways to ADC credentialing in Tennessee - CADC I or CADC II. ‚ÄčThe pathway you choose depends on your level of education, and has different requirements for experience and supervision hours.

  • CADC I: High School Diploma/GED is required.

  • CADC II: Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health related field is required (Note: if the bachelor's degree is in a non-related field, the applicant must apply for the CADC I)

Full requirements about the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor can be found in the CADC Manual. All applicants are required to read the CADC manual and become familiar with all requirements and policies related to certification before determining which level to apply. 

Download the CADC Manual (PDF)


Ready to Apply?

All applications are completed online through the Certemy application system. To get started, applicants must self-enroll into an application to create an account*. Please read all requirements in the CADC manual before applying and only apply for the CADC level application you intend to complete. Starting the wrong application and changing your mind will require you to complete a new application.

*Note: When creating your Certemy account to begin an application, it's highly encouraged you use a personal email address (e.g. Gmail). This prevents disruption should you change jobs, or if your employer uses firewalls which may block important reminders from Certemy about your credential.

(Application self-enrollment links will be posted November 1, 2020)