Examination Details

NCAC I (National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I) Examination Details

The national credentialing examination for the NCAC I is tailored to test the applicant on his or her projected knowledge based on experience, education and training.  

 

The following skill groups are evaluated in the examination, and an applicant for national certification should be well versed in each of these topic areas:

  1. treatment admission (screening, intake and orientation)

  2. clinical assessment

  3. ongoing treatment planning

  4. counseling services (individual, group, family, crisis intervention and client education)

  5. documentation

  6. case management

  7. discharge and continuing care

  8. legal, ethical and professional growth issues

 

The National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (NCAC I) computerized examination consists of 200 multiple-choice, objective questions with a total testing time of three hours. 

 

The examination tests candidates’ knowledge in the areas of:

 

  1. counseling practice (40%)

  2. pharmacology of psychoactive substances (30%)

  3. the theoretical base of counseling (15%), and

  4. professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (15%).


 

NCAC II (National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II) Examination Details

The national credentialing examination for the NCAC II is tailored to test the applicant on his or her projected knowledge based on experience, education and training.  

 

The following skill groups are evaluated in the examination, and an applicant for national certification should be well versed in each of these topic areas:

  1. treatment admission (screening, intake and orientation)

  2. clinical assessment

  3. ongoing treatment planning

  4. counseling services (individual, group, family, crisis intervention and client education)

  5. documentation

  6. case management

  7. discharge and continuing care

  8. legal, ethical and professional growth issues

 

The National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II) computerized examination consists of 200 multiple-choice, objective questions with a total testing time of three hours. 

 

The examination tests candidates’ knowledge in the areas of:

 

  1. counseling practice (25%)

  2. pharmacology of psychoactive substances (25%)

  3. the theoretical base of counseling (25%), and

  4. professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (25%).

MAC (Master Addiction Counselor) and CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS EXAMINATION DETAILS

The national credentialing examination for the MAC-COD is tailored to test the applicant on his or her projected knowledge based on experience, education and training.  

 

The following skill groups are evaluated in the examination, and an applicant for national certification should be well versed in each of these topic areas:

 

  1. treatment admission (screening, intake and orientation)

  2. clinical assessment

  3. ongoing treatment planning

  4. counseling services (individual, group, family, crisis intervention and client education)

  5. documentation

  6. case management

  7. discharge and continuing care

  8. legal, ethical and professional growth issues

 

The Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) computerized examination consists of 200 multiple-choice, objective questions with a total testing time of three (3) hours, which test candidates’ knowledge in the areas of:

 

  1. pharmacology of psychoactive substances (28%)

  2. professional issues related to Substance Use Disorder treatment (28%)

  3. counseling practice (24%), and

  4. co-occurring disorders (20%)

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