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The Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA – http://www.la-adra.org/) is the state agency authorized by law to credential Addiction Professionals in Louisiana. Since ADRA’s major priority is public protection it works in partnership with LASACT to ensure that applicants for credentialing meet the highest levels of competency.
Applicants must meet both educational and work related requirements as established in the law – LA 803. Once these requirements have been met, applicants must pass an examination provided by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and administered by LASACT. The credential is granted after the examination is passed and is good for two years. Forty-eight hours of continuing education are required during each two year period.
The entry levels for all credentials are the Counselor in Training (CIT) for addiction counselors and the Prevention Specialist in Training (PSIT) for prevention professionals. These statuses may be held for a maximum of 72 months while the CIT or PSIT works toward meeting the credentialing requirements. An applicant must have completed 180 hours of substance abuse specific education before applying to be a CIT.
Procedure to Test for ADRA Credentials (LAC, CAC, RAC, CCS, LPP, CPP, RPP)
When the educational and work requirements are met, the CIT/PSIT who wishes to become credentialed as an Addiction Counselor or Prevention Specialist must submit an application to the ADRA) to verify that they have met both the educational and experiential requirements for credentialing as specified in LA 803. An application fee is paid with submission of the documents, and a criminal background check is required.
The ADRA reviews all applications for approval; emails those who are approved; and attaches the Test Payment Form. This form is submitted to LASACT along with the appropriate testing fee. The testing fees are as follows:
LAC, CAC, RAC, LPP, CPP, RPP – $285
CCS – $200
Acceptable methods of payment are checks, all major credit cards, money orders, and PayPal. A convenience fee of $10 is added to all credit card and PayPal charges.
LASACT will enter the candidate’s information and email address as shown on the Test Payment Form into ISO Quality Testing Company’s database. Candidates will receive further instructions on how to proceed to schedule the test via their specified email address.
The testing company allows tests to be scheduled five (5) days out from whenever one registers, at the convenience of the candidate. The LASACT Office in Baton Rouge is a testing site, and we invite candidates to test with us.
All testing is computer-based, using legally defensible tests provided by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Results are received immediately upon completion of the test.
There is a 90-day waiting period and a re-test fee after a failed attempt.
There is no waiting period when taking a different test.
After four failed attempts, remedial action is necessary.