The MCAP is an advanced practice credential for people who provide services to individuals with substance use conditions.

The MCAP designates competency in the domains of Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management and Referral; Client, Family and Community Education; Documentation; Clinical Supervision; and Professional Responsibility.

Individuals holding the MCAP are a qualified professional under Chapter 397, Florida Statutes. The MCAP credential meets the requirements for a Master’s Level CAP who may make substance use disorder diagnosis in programs billed under Florida’s State Medicaid Plan.

All MCAP applicants or certified professionals are eligible to apply for the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential.

MCAP applicants must hold a Master’s degree or higher in a related field. Related fields are listed in the MCAP Standards and Requirements Tables. If your degree isn’t specifically listed as a related degree but you think your coursework makes your degree equivalent, you may request a Related Degree Equivalency Review.


Certification Application Routes

There are three application pathways for the MCAP credential. Please choose your route below.

If you hold an eligible license, apply through the MCAP for Licensed Professionals process.

If you currently hold a CAP credential that was issued after July 1, 2015, apply through the MCAP upgrade process.

All other applicants should apply for the MCAP through the Standard Application Route.