SUD counselors work hard to secure and maintain their SUD counseling registration and certification. CADTP’s mission is to ensure your renewal process is quick and easy. Sometimes, processing can be held up when paperwork is missing or there is a misunderstanding of the requirements. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes to ensure a smooth renewal experience.

Registration Renewals – SUDRC

SUDRC registrants must renew their registration every year. CADTP will send a renewal notice 60-days before your renewal date so that you have plenty of time to gather any paperwork and finish up any CEU requirements. If you have digital credentials, you will also receive a notice from your digital credential account.

When it’s time for you to renew your registration, keep these pointers in mind.

  1. Use the correct form. The Initial Registration Application and the Registration Renewal Application are different forms. Make sure you use the form sent with your renewal notice or download and complete the correct form from the website. Carefully read the requirements and check each off as you gather your paperwork.
  2. Proof of Progress. There is a misconception that you need to be working AND going to school to meet the renewal requirements. This is not true. You need to be working OR going to school. It’s okay if you are doing both, however, to qualify for renewal, you only need to be doing one of the two.
    • Submit a letter from your employer or unofficial transcripts.
  3. Ethics and Confidentiality Training. You must complete 3-hours of Ethics and 3-hours of Confidentiality for a total of 6-hours. The following links are to CADTP approved online providers. You can use another training agency, however, make sure they are CADTP approved.
  4. Signatures. All forms need to be hand-signed or digitally signed. Do not type your signature.
  5. Standard processing time is 30-days, however, you can reduce the time to 10-days for a fee of $25.
  6. All forms can be submitted through the Payment Portal along with your payment.


Certification at all levels requires renewal every two years. CADTP will send a notice 60-days before the renewal date. If you have digital credentials, you will also receive a notice from your digital certificate account.

To ensure speedy processing, follow these tips.

  1. Carefully read Bulletin 13-03. Bulletin 13-03 includes important information regarding CADTP CEU standards.
  2. Check your documentation. Missing paperwork will delay the turnaround time. You must have documentation for all 40-hours of continuing education completed in the two-years. Remember to include at least 3-hours of Ethics and Confidentiality training, which must be distinguishable as a learning topic on the training certificate.
  3. Online CEUs. Only 10 online CEUs/hours are allowed per day. The exception is CEUs that are designated as a bundle and noted as a single course with a specific number of hours for each topic included on the certificate of completion.
  4. Complete the Certification Renewal Application. Submit all paperwork and your payment through the Payment Portal for the fastest processing.
  5. Signatures. All forms need to be hand-signed or digitally signed. Do not type your signature.
  6. Standard processing time is 30-days, however, you can reduce the time to 10-days for a fee of $25.

Make Sure Your CEUs Count!

Bulletin 13-03 provides detailed information about CEUs. There are many different types of CEU providers. However, not all of them are qualified to teach (or provide trainings) that pertain to the SUD counseling field. Therefore, CADTP will only accept CEUs from:

To become a CADTP approved CEU provider, download and complete the CEU Provider Initial Application.

Approved CEU Topics

Topics must meet the standards established in §13055, Chapter 8, Division 4, Title 9, California Code of Regulations requirements:

  • The curriculum contained in TAP 21
  • Ethics and Confidentiality
  • Provision of Services to special populations as it relates to SUD Counseling
  • Communicable diseases including tuberculosis, HIV disease, and Hepatitis C as they relate to SUD counseling
  • Prevention of sexual harassment
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Counseling skills such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.

Unacceptable CEU Topics

Not all topics relate to counseling persons in SUD services. Just because it says CEU on the document doesn’t mean that it meets CADTP standards. Make sure that the CEU training you take for renewal credit does not fall into the category of these unacceptable CEU topics.

  • Improving Customer Service- while important to your employer it is not a counseling issue
  • Communication Skills- unless the curriculum specifically relates to SUD counseling
  • Law & Ethics (or jurisprudence)-good topic, but too general, must be on SUD Code of Ethics•Confidentiality – unless the curriculum specifically relates to SUD counseling
  • Diabetes or other health education – unless the curriculum specifically relates to counseling those with health issue and Substance Use Disorders
  • CPR and/or First Aid – while these are important skill and your employer may require you to be certified in CPR/First Aid these are not counseling topics

Approved CEUs for the Counselor Supervision Credential – SUDCC-CS, SUDCC IV-CS

Those with a Counselor Supervision (CS) credential are required to take 6-hours of Continuing Education on supervision topics every two years to maintain the credential. These are inclusive, not additional to, the 40-hours required for SUDCC.

Approved CEU topics are subjects that help the supervisor mentor counselors in the SUD field. Topics or issues which help the supervisor run the program do not qualify as CS CEU’s. While those subjects are important to the business they don’t help the supervisor mentor, coach, or train their counselor subordinates.



CADTP certifies SUD counselors practicing in all modalities of SUD counseling.

CADTP is one of three SUD counselor certifying organizations recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Licensing and Certification Division (LCD). As required in the regulations, all certifying agencies are currently accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), a part of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certification is required by law for all those who provide counseling services in any program that is licensed or certified by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). (California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Section 13000, et seq., as effective on April 1, 2005). The regulations are available at

If you have questions or need help with your renewal, please contact us here or call (800) 464-3597.

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