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Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist

Download MATS Application & Ethics Requirements HERE

The Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ICAADA) defines a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) as a practitioner as who has demonstrated their knowledge and skills in the 4 MATS performance domains identified in the MATS Job Task Analysis (JTA) & ICAADA MATS Candidate Guide (2008). In order to become MATS certified, a practitioner must possess a basic familiarity with the entire range of the 4 Performance Domains of a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist:

      Recovery Supports
      Professional Responsibility

When performing these functions, the practitioner must commit to and demonstrate consistent adherence to the ICAADA Code of Ethical Conduct and agree to continue their professional development with ongoing education, training and clinical supervision. Although the MATS credential is intended as a board specialty for certified and licensed behavioral health professionals, the credential is available to those that are not currently certified and licensed. However, it is important to note that this credential provides no permission to practice and does not afford the practitioner a scope of practice they are not already entitled to under their existing credentials. If an individual chooses to pursue the MATS credential without any other professional credentials, certifications or licenses, the MATS credential simply indicates the practitioner has met basic eligibility requirements and demonstrated their competency and basic knowledge of the subject by completing MAT-specific education and testing.

Requirements for the MATS – Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist credential

MATS Credential Requirements
Certification & Licensure

Although MATS certification is primarily intended for certified and licensed behavioral health professionals (i.e., Addiction Counselors, Mental Health Clinicians, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Administrators), no certification or license is currently required.

College Degree

Although a college degree is strongly encouraged, a college degree is currently not required.

Training Requirements

45 hours of MAT specific training (with domain requirements)

Work Experience

The MATS credential does not currently require any MAT-specific clinical work experience

ICAADA Approved Distance Learning

Up to 35 hours

ICAADA MATS Written Exam

Passing Score on the ICAADA MATS Exam


6 hours of Medication Assisted Treatment Specific Training

MATS Training Requirements:

   MATS - Etiology of Substance Use Disorders & Medication Assisted Treatment - 12 hours
   Addiction Pharmacotherapy Opioid and Alcohol Dependence - 18 hours
   Recovery Supports & Medication Assisted Treatment - 3 hours
   Collaboration with MAT Providers & Medical Professionals - 6 hours
   MAT Specific Ethics - 2 hours
   Minimum MAT Specific Training Hours - 45 hours


 Download MATS Application & Ethics Requirements  PDF HERE


Certification Renewal

To renew Membership and Certifications online requires having a registered account

Begin the certification renewal process by submitting the Certification Application. First use the link below to register for a new account. If you already have an account online, please first login. Remember, if you are working on getting certifications for the first time, you can fill out the application and pay the certification dues, but you will need to download and complete all necessary forms and applications per the credential and submit most of them by fax, or mail them in to the ICAADA office.

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Certification is the process of evaluating an individual's experience, education, training, knowledge and competency as an addiction professional.  This function is accomplished by ICAADA's Certification Board, which is composed of elected members of ICAADA, with alternates, and at least one member appointed by the ICAADA Certification Chairperson.  it is the intention of the Board to issue a credential based on the sum total of the applicant's experience, training, peer review, and overall judgement of service to the addictions constituency.

In developing a system for Certification, the Board will assume broad powers in assessing applicants and their portfolios.  With these broad powers in assessing different categories of service, the Board may require additional evidence or information.

The Board, within its rules, will make every effort to function with maximum members present.  In doing so, the Board will be employing an approach that is most favorable to the applicant.  Board members will encourage an open dialogue with the applicant.  However, the Board will respect all confidential material, oral or written.

The Certification Board may enlist technical assistance and consultation, as required from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction and other sources.

Board members who are named as a reference for an applicant will abstain from voting on the certification of that applicant.

For questions about certification, please call our office at 317-923-8800 between 10-4, Monday through Friday.

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Certification Steps



  1. Membership application completed and submitted to ICAADA prior to first day of training.  Download Membership application!
  2. MATS application completed and submitted prior to the first day of training.  Download MATS Application!
  3. Payment of all fees for training and testing, prior to the first day of training.
  4. Include copy of certificate of completion for 35 hours of Pre-Training Distance Learning from Connecticut Certification Board.
  5. Attend all three days of the MATS Training Conference.
  6. Include copy of successful PASSING Score for the MATS TEST.
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