Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant IV (CADAC IV) is a treatment level credential recognized by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and by the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and IC&RC affiliated states and countries which offer the IC&RC Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counseling (AADC) credential. This credential is considered a billable counseling service credential in Indiana Opioid Treatment Programs (more information can be found here).

IC& RC reciprocity will be helpful
Opened further doors for working with others. I maintain my CADAC IV since I am considering moving to another state and the IC& RC reciprocity will be helpful at that time.
– Yvonne

CADAC IV Requirements

CADAC Skills Domains:
  • Domain I: Scientific Principles of Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Domain II: Evidence-based Screening and Assessment
  • Domain III: Evidence-based Treatment, Counseling, and Referral
  • Domain IV: Professional, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities
  • 2,000 hours of supervised experience using the CADAC skills domains in a substance use treatment setting

The supervision of the CADAC skills domain experience may take place within an academic setting and/or within a supervised work setting.

  • 100 hours of direct supervision related to the CADAC skills domain experience hours required for the credential. These supervision hours are in addition to the experience hours. (minimum of 10 hours of supervision in each CADAC skills domain)

Supervision must be provided by a designated supervisor who holds one of the following credentials/licensures:

  • A licensed behavioral health professional currently practicing in the state of Indiana (LAC, LCAC, LBSW, LSW, LCSW, LMFT, HSPP or Psychiatrist)
  • CADAC II or higher CADAC credential through ICAADA
  • ICADC or ICAADC through IC&RC
  • NCAC II or MAC through NAADAC

Register for your CADAC IV credential

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Education and Training:
  • Candidate must hold an applicable masters (or higher) degree
  • 180 clock hours of formal education specific to the CADAC skills domains
    • Of the 180 total hours required:
      • 6 hours in addiction counseling ethics
      • 6 hours of HIV/AID education
      • 6 hours in cultural competency education

(A degree must be from a college or university found in the US Dept. of Education’s database of accredited schools. The database can be found at

  • Psychology 
  • Sociology 
  • Human Services 
  • Social Work 
  • Chemical Dependency 
  • Art Therapy 
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Counseling 
  • Applied Behavioral Science 
  • Family Studies 
  • Nursing

*If your Related Field Degree (Major) is in one of the above areas but has a different transcript title, please contact the ICAADA at  to verify it will be accepted as an applicable degree.

Education and training hoursare defined as workshops, seminars, institutes, accredited college/university courses, and other accredited education delivered in-person or on-line. Education hours must be accredited by approved providers who are state or national organizations granted authority to accredit education for credentialing and licensing purposes. You must show a certificate of attendance/completion that lists who has accredited the course for education hours when submitting the hours for approval. One (1) contact hour of education is equal to sixty (60) minutes of continuous instruction. 15 contact hours are given for each college semester credit. Therefore, a college course of three (3) credits is equal to 45 contact hours.

Supporting documentation in the form of syllabus, course description, etc. may also be required to review content for acceptability. To be considered a valid training experience for the purpose of credentialing, education/training must be related to the knowledge and skill base associated with the performance domains outlined for this credential.

Code of Ethics:
  • The applicant must sign, and agree to abide by the ICAADA Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant (CADAC) Code of Ethics
  • Candidate must live or work in Indiana at least 51% of the time
  • 40 clock-hours of CADAC domain specific education and/or training during the period of certification. Including 6 clock-hours in Addiction Counseling Ethics education and 6 clock-hours in Cultural Competency education.
  • Membership: $125
  • Exam: Member – $200 | Non-member – $400
  • Certification: Member – $200 | Non-member – $400

The CADAC IV credential meets the International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium requirements  for the Advanced Alcohol & Counselor(AADC) credential.  Please visit IC&RC reciprocity page and learn more about reciprocity and how this credential may be eligible for other IC&RC Member Boards credentials.