The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO) was founded in 1977, with the mission of certifying addiction professionals through competency based evaluation of education, experience and exams. The Board utilizes autonomous professional psychometric examinations through The National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium. The primary purpose of certification is an assurance that counselors have met minimum standards of competence, are ethically accountable to the general public at-large, and have contemporary knowledge evidenced through continuing education.
Beginning January 2014, all CADCs applying for re-certification must have a minimum of two hours of continuing education in tobacco dependence/prevention.
Between June 2005 and June 2007, Certified Addiction Counselors "renewed" their certification. This survey represents the sentiments of CADC's who chose to renew their certification regardless of employment status.