The CAC is an intermediate practice credential for people who work side-by-side with clinical staff to provide services to individuals with substance use conditions.

The CAC designates competency in the domains of Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management and Referral; Client, Family and Community Education; Documentation; and Professional Responsibilities. A CAC is not qualified for independent practice and must work under appropriate supervision.

The CAC is the reciprocal level credential for individuals transferring into Florida with the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential. As such, all CAC applicants will also, automatically, earn the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential at no extra cost.

CAC applicants must hold a high school diploma, general equivalency degree or higher. Work experience requirements vary depending on the applicant’s level of formal education.


CAC Application Documents

Applying for certification is a multi-step process that requires you to submit information and supporting documentation directly to the FCB and to request documentation from other individuals, which they will need to submit directly to the FCB on your behalf.

Please carefully review all of the credential documents before applying for certification.

Policy

Mandatory Forms

Test Preparation

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How to Apply

  1. If you don’t already have one, create an online account. Watch the “How To” for assistance creating your account.
  2. Create an electronic application for certification (from your online account).
    • Complete all required fields of information.
    • Upload required documents.
    • Pay the certification fee.
  3. Provide mandatory forms to eligible people to complete and submit to FCB on your behalf.
  4. Register for the exam and pay the associated fees.
  5. Pass the exam.

Key Information

  1. When the application fee is paid, the FCB assigns the record to a dedicated Certification Specialist, who will serve as the single point of contact for applicants throughout the certification process.
  2. Applicants will not be approved to test until all components of the certification application have been approved.
  3. The credential is awarded after a passing score is earned on the exam.