Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is a CADC and LCADC?

A. CADC stands for Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor. LCADC stands for Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. CADCs and LCADCs help individuals recover from addiction by providing treatment, support and motivation along their journey toward sobriety through a licensed substance abuse treatment agency or private practice.

Q. Is NJPN’s application the same as the application for becoming a CADC/LCADC?
A. No. The NJPN application is only an application for scholarship into the CADC training program. To apply for a CADC/LCADC please access the application via:

Q. I have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, and some of my courses covered the same coursework as the CADC/LCADC education. Do I have to take those courses all over again?

A. If you received your alcohol and drug-related or counseling-related education from a regionally-accredited college or university, regardless of how long ago it was, you might not have to take all of the 45 courses. The agency that makes that determination is the Certification Board. Obtain a sealed copy of your transcript, and download the review form you will need to fill out from

Q. Where can I find out about internships or jobs within the field if I’m not currently working at a treatment facility?

A. Internships can help you get the work experience you need to obtain a paying job in the field. And they can help you gain needed experience hours towards becoming a CADC/LCADC. Download our Internship Application if you would like to be considered for one of the internships available throughout the state.

You can view a list of licensed treatment agencies in New Jersey by visiting

Looking for more complete information? View our Fact Sheets and detailed FAQ document.

CPS Process

Q. What is a CPS?

A. CPS stands for Certified Prevention Specialist. A CPS is an individual who provides alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention education and services that build the capacity of individuals and systems to promote healthy environments, lifestyles, and communities.

Q. How can I learn more about the process of becoming a CPS?

A. NJPN has developed a document to help answer the most frequently asked questions about becoming a CPS. We encourage you to review this information thoroughly. In addition, you may visit the Certification Board’s website at and download the CPS application. This will give you more information about the educational requirements and work experience required to become a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).

Q. What happens after I submit my scholarship application to NJPN?

A. NJPN staff will review your application to determine if it meets the eligibility requirements. If approved, you will receive an approval letter with detailed information.

Q. If I am approved, how does the scholarship program work?

A. Students will receive a letter from NJPN explaining that they are PRE-approved to take approximately five free classes each grant year (based on funding availability). The pre-approval letter will detail the approved providers participating in the NJPN scholarship program. This list is also posted on our website.Additionally, students will receive scholarship certificates, which they will then give to the approved providers when they want to attend a class. When a student registers for a class, they must let the provider know they have a scholarship and then bring the scholarship certificate with them to the class.Once a student has used all certificates they were given, they may contact NJPN to see if additional scholarship funds are available.

Q. The CPS Student Application says NJPN will be following up with me to monitor my progress towards becoming a CPS. Why?

A. The goal of this scholarship program is to increase the number of Certified Prevention Specialists in New Jersey. Therefore, NJPN will periodically contact all scholarship recipients to verify progress toward completing all CPS classes and if they have registered to take the written exam that one must pass in order to become a CPS.

Q. I completed CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, do any of those courses count toward CPS?

A. Yes, successful completion of the full 3-week National Coalition Academy will cover an APS, which is ½ way to a CPS.  The CADCA Academy covers 60 hours for initial Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credit specifically for the following 10 courses:

P101: Prevention Program Planning and AssessmentP301: Community AssessmentP401: Introduction to Methods and the Impact of Environmental Change

P102: Prevention Activities and MethodsP302: Coalition Building and MaintenanceP402: Assessment and Planning of Environmental Strategies

P103: Program DesignP303: Coordinating Community Prevention ActivitiesP403: Implementation & Enforcement of Environmental Change Strategies

P104: Evidence Based Prevention Models

Therefore, if one has officially completed the CADCA National Coalition Academy they do not need to take the 10 courses listed above. One just needs to have their official CADCA graduation certificate attached to the APS or CPS application when ready to apply.

Q: Are there Study Guides for the CPS Test?

A: CPS Exam Preparation Study guides are available for the prevention specialist examination:

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