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California RAS/CATC

  The CATC Credential: California counselors' choice for certification, based upon nationally-recognized and credible standards.  
Breining and CAADE     Earn California's CATC Credential through Breining

Breining Institute is pleased to announce its collaboration with the prestigious California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE), for a uniform and credible alcohol and other drug (AOD) / substance use disorder (SUD) counselor credential in California, the State of California-approved Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) Credential.


"It is an exciting time. Our common goal of establishing a world class partnership with Breining Institute is becoming a reality."


Dr. Greg Granderson
President, CAADE
Breining / CAADE Press Release


Centralized Data Base


1. Formal Education
45 units Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) Program.
Self-paced program, may be completed entirely through distance learning.
If you spend approximately 10 hours / week on your coursework, you should finish in about 11 months.
ASC Program

The Breining ASC Program is State of California BPPE-approved and CAADE-approved.
2. Exam

You must pass psychometrically validated, multiple-choice exam.
The qualifying exam is the CATC Exam administered by CAADE.
CATC Exam Application
3. Experience

You must document 2,240 hours of supervised clinical experience in an AOD program.
Are you already providing counseling services?

California law requires AOD/SUD counselors to register with State-approved organization.
CAADE is a State-approved registration and certification organization.
Select this button to get registered with CAADE:
CAADE Registration

RAS-to-CATC Credential: Transition to a uniform standard in California
Thank you for your patience as we renew and transition thousands of Breining counselors to CAADE.
Our normal renewal / transition time of 48 hours is now running at about 15 days, and we are working to get that time shortened again.
If you were current with Breining as of August 28, you may confirm your continuing California registration/certification at the Centralized Data Base.
  RAS Credential holders  

All certified California RAS who were current on their certification as of August 28, 2014 have been registered with CAADE in order to meet California law requiring registration of individuals providing AOD/SUD services in a State-licensed program.

Breining has commenced transitioning certified RAS in California to the CATC certification upon their upcoming renewal with Breining within the next two years.

Your first renewal, within the next two years, will be substantially discounted as you will not pay CAADE membership dues. You may wait for Breining to invoice you as you approach your renewal date, or you may complete your renewal and receive the CATC Credential now, by using the renewal application at this link:

If you have let your RAS certification lapse,
you may bring it up-to-date here:
Update Reg / Cert

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
and answers regarding the
RAS-to-CATC Credential transition in California:


  RAS Registrants  

All RAS Interns in California who were current with their registration as of August 28, 2014 have been registered with CAADE as CATC registrants, in order to meet the California law which requires registration of individuals providing AOD/SUD services in a State-licensed program.

In order to accommodate counselors who have been preparing for the nationally-administered Breining Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE), for a limited time CAADE will accept the ACE Exam in place of the CATC Exam, and you must pass the ACE Exam by
December 31, 2014.

 It is candidate's responsibility
to schedule, take and pass the ACE Exam by December 31, 2014
if you want it to be considered by CAADE toward the CATC Credential.
If you do not take the ACE Exam by December 31, 2014,
for any reason, there will be no refund of the exam fee.

 If you have not already signed up for the ACE Exam by November 15, 2014, and have not already scheduled a date and time to take the ACE Exam before the end of 2014, we strongly encourage you to, instead, prepare for and take the CATC Exam.

Commencing January 1, 2015,
RAS/CATC Registrants, who have not previously passed the ACE Exam, will need to take and pass the CATC Exam in order to be awarded the CATC Credential.
CATC Exam Application


  California pre-registration requirements  

Introductory education
Effective March 1, 2014 in California, prior to registering as an AOD counselor with a State of California-approved AOD counselor certifying organization, individuals will need to first complete a "nine-hour orientation course" of introductory alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or substance use disorders (SUD) education, consisting of 3 hours each of ethics, confidentiality and professional boundaries.


Breining 9-hr Basics Bundle
The Breining Institute "nine-hour orientation course" is the "Basics Bundle"
(in both English and Spanish versions) which may be completed entirely on-line.

Basics Bundle   Answer Sheet
  Only $29
for 9 hrs credit

Basics Answer Sheet Hoja de Respuestas
Regular price: $54
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Course material is FREE.

Select the appropriate picture, above (English or Spanish language), for FREE download of the course material.
  Select button, above (English or Spanish language), for
on-line Answer Sheet and to complete course.
Certificate of Completion will be automatically e-mailed to you upon successful completion and payment.

9-hr "Basics Bundle" includes Professional and Ethical Standards of Case Management (3 hours); HIPAA, Privacy Rule and Confidentiality of Client Records (3 hours); and Analyzing Multiple Relationships between Counselor and Client (3 hours). This orientation course does not count toward fulfillment of the minimum of formal AOD courses required for certification.

California Law
California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8, Sections 13000, et seq.

AOD Counselors
You must be registered within 6 months
of providing AOD counseling services, and

then fully certified
within 5 years.


At least 30% of your staff providing
AOD counseling services
must be certified.
Employers will be cited for non-compliance.



Code of Conduct
All registered and/or certified
AOD counselors are subject to the
Calif Uniform Code of Conduct


These credentials are registered service marks, and may only be used by professionals who have been awarded these credentials by Breining Institute.
"Registered Addiction Specialist" and "RAS" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 65739, Class Number 41
The "Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" Exam are registered service marks of Breining Institute:
"Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" Exam: Service Mark Reg. No. 68184, Class Number 41


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