The development of a valid examination for the credentialing process begins with a clear and concise definition of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent job performance.


The main purpose of any certification and examination is public and consumer protection, not for protection of the professional. These processes ensure that a professional is competent and knowledgeable to provide services. Examinations are designed to demonstrate competence, therefore not everyone should or will pass.

Each examination offered by DCAPC Board is developed from a Subject Matter Expert (SME) developed Content Outline or Core Competencies. Examinations vary in length (number of question and time allotted to take the exam). All examinations are multiple choice.

Candidates for exams will be permitted to test only after their application is approved. This means that all requirements for the certification they are pursuing have been properly documented and met. Once an application is approved, the candidate will be emailed instructions to register for the examination. Exam scores are not released over the phone.

Examination Format Number of Questions Length
Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) Computer Based 150 3 Hours
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Computer Based 150 3 Hours
Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ACADC) Computer Based 150 3 Hours
Certified Clinical Supervisor Computer Based 150 3 Hours
Certified Prevention Specialist or Professional Computer Based 150 3 Hours
Certified Criminal Justice Specialist or Professional Computer Based 75 2 Hours

Special Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities and/or religious obligations that require modifications in exam administration may request specific procedure changes, in writing, to DCAPC Board no fewer than 60 days prior to the scheduled exam date. With the written request, candidate must provide official documentation of the disability or religious issue. Contact DCAPC Board on what constitutes official documentation. DCAPC Board will make arrangements for appropriate modifications to its procedures when documentation supports this need. Email info@dcapcboard.org for more information and for the Special Accommodations Form.