Vision and Mission

The mission of Asia Pacific Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals mission is to develop addiction specialists through providing a standard testing for credential in Asia Pacific regions. It operates as an independent body from the Asia Pacific Association for Addiction Professionals (APAAP) which will manage the professional training and membership within its own capacity. The purpose of credentialing is to ensure the professional competency of service providers in their delivery of addiction prevention, treatment and continuing care. Through standardized testing, the APCCAP is able to set a benchmark for addiction professionals and monitor the competence of those who treat addictions.

APCCAP is affiliated with U.S. NCC AP. Individuals who received credentials of APCCAP are recognized and eligible to take NCC AP exam. The APCCAP assumes no responsibility for the integrity or work performance of any recognized certificant.

The APCCAP credentials for addiction professionals are designed:

  1. To develop and maintain regional standards of requisite knowledge in addiction counseling;
  2. To provide evaluation mechanisms for measuring and monitoring the level of knowledge required for regional credentialing
  3. To provide formal recognition to those individuals who meet the regional standards; and
  4. To establish appropriate policies for acquiring and maintaining the credentials

The APCCAP offer three credentials for addiction professionals:

  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (CAC I)
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CAC II)
  • Senior Addiction Counselor (SAC)

Overview of requirements for certification:

Certified Addiction Counselor , Level I (CAC I) Certified Addiction Counselor , Level II (CAC II) Senior Addiction Counselor (SAC)
Academic attainment Diploma from a regionally accredited university or college including 270 contact hours training and education in addiction and counseling related subjects (including training on professional ethics and HIV/AIDS) Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited university or college including 450 contact hours training and education in addiction and counseling related subjects (including training on professional ethics and HIV/AIDS) Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited university or college including 500 contact hours training and education in addiction and counseling related subjects (including training on professional ethics and HIV/AIDS)
Supervised work experience in addiction counseling Three years' full-time or 6,000 hours Five years’ full-time or 10,000 hours Five years' full-time or 10,000 hours (Three years or 6,000 hours of which are post master’s degree)

Governance and leadership

Members of the APCCAP Board are appointed based on their expertise in the field of addiction. The members are from a diversed background from educators to practitioners.

Chair

  • Prof. SHEK Tan-lei, Daniel, PhD (HKU), FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP

    Associate Vice President and Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Secretary

  • Dr. CHAN Mei-lo, Elda, B.A., M.A., Grad.Dip. Family Therapy, PhD, MAC

    Supervisor, Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention & Treatment, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Treasurer

  • Finance & Supplies Division, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Members

  • Dr. HO Tin-hung, Rainbow, PhD, BC-DMT, CMA

    Professor, Department of Social Work & Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

  • Dr. YIU Gar-chung, Michael, MBBS (HK), MRCPsych, FHKAM (Psychiatry)

    Chief of Service, Department of Psychiatry, United Christian Hospital, Hospital Authority

  • Dr. TUNG Chi-kwong, Ricky, MBChB, MRCPsych, FHKCPsych, FHKAM(Psychiatry)

    Associate Consultant, Castle Peak Hospital Tuen Mun Substance Abuse Clinic, Hospital Authority

  • Ms. LEE Hoi-yee, Mandy, B.S.Sc., M.S.Sc., R.S.W., MAC

    Counsellor, Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention & Treatment, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals