Addiction Professionals Scholarship Program
The CASAC is intended for individuals who provide direct clinical care services and substance use disorder counseling, including:
- SUD Assessment;
- Referral; and
- Substance Use Disorder counseling in both individual and group settings.
To become a CASAC, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Have earned at least a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma;
- Live or work in New York State at least 51 percent of the time during the active application period;
- Have two individuals complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct based on CASAC Canon of Ethical Principles;
- Document a minimum of 6,000 hours (approximately three years) of supervised work experience in an approved setting
- Work experience must include a minimum of 300 hours of supervised practical training in the core competencies;
- Document completion of education and training consisting of a minimum of 350 clock hours and mandatory one-time requirements
- Successfully complete a criminal background check review; and
- Pass an examination approved by OASAS.
All stated requirements are verified in the application process. The complete list of the CASAC qualifications and requirements, as well as the full course curriculum, can be found in the CASAC application.
Human Services Degrees
If you are a CASAC applicant who holds an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's Degree in an approved Human Services fields, or are a student pursuing any of these degrees, some of the course work associated with your degree may be claimed toward satisfying some or all of the CASAC education and training requirements. In order to determine what coursework may be applicable, your college transcript(s) should be submitted with your application.
The first step in the credentialing process is the submission of a CASAC application to the OASAS Credentialing Unit. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, are reviewed in the order they are received, and will remain active for five years from the date of the first initial review.
The OASAS Credentialing Unit will review your application to verify the eligibility requirements have been satisfied. The Credentialing Unit will issue a review summary based on the contents of your application. Any completed requirements will be noted, and any outstanding requirements will be noted as well. Use the review summary to help determine what else you need to submit for review. You can submit items at any time during the five-year application period without additional fees. Please ensure that your full name, phone number and e-mail address are present and legible on additional submissions, so it can be matched to your original application. You will be issued a new review summary with each submission.
When you are eligible to take the exam, you will be notified and given the registration information. When you are eligible to receive your CASAC-Trainee or CASAC-Provisional you will be notified.
If you are unable to complete all the requirements for a CASAC by the end of the five-year application period, your application and CASAC-T/CASAC-P, will expire. You may submit a new application and processing fee, but you will not be eligible for a CASAC-Trainee or CASAC-Provisional certificate a second time.
Applicants who are exam eligible prior to their five-year expiration date will be eligible for a one-time, three-year extension for a $100 fee
Trainee and Provisional Certifications
The CASAC-Trainee and CASAC-Provisional certificate is issued to notify an employer that a CASAC applicant has completed a specified level of education and training towards the CASAC but whose scope of practice is limited by standards established by the Office. Please see the Scope of Practice for further information. The requirements for each certificate are as follows:
350 clock hours and mandatory one-time requirements of the required education and training
- OR -
4,000 hours of appropriate work experience and the 85 clock hours in Section 1 of the education and training related to knowledge of substance use disorders and all mandatory one-time education requirements.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in an approved Human Services Field
- Verification of Employment or Intent to Hire form
- Education one-time requirement
To obtain the CASAC-Trainee or CASAC-Provisional certification, you must submit a CASAC application with the above-required documentation and on review and approval by OASAS you will be given information on scheduling fingerprinting for a background check, after which your CASAC-T or CASAC-P may be issued. You cannot identify yourself as a CASAC-T or CASAC-P or function at that level in an OASAS Certified or funded setting until you receive your certificate from OASAS. Your CASAC Trainee/Provisional certificate will be effective from the date it is issued by OASAS until the end of the five-year period that your application is active. If you are exam eligible prior to your expiration date you will be eligible for a one-time, three-year extension.
Effective March 2023, Alcohol Drug Counselor (ADC) domains and examination were updated.
The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors is a computer-based 150-question multiple-choice exam derived from the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) tasks identified in the IR&RC ADC Candidate Guide. The exam is offered on a weekly basis. Exam site locations are based on the eligible candidate's geographic location. Upon completion of the exam, you will receive a preliminary score at the testing site. Confirmed final results will be transmitted via U.S. mail approximately four weeks after your exam. You may not consider yourself credentialed until you have been issued a certificate.
Applicants who do not pass the examination will remain eligible to retest once every 90 days during the active period of their application. There is a non-refundable exam fee of $245 each time the examination is taken. Applicants who fail the exam three times must take an OASAS approved CASAC Foundations or Ready to Test course before they will be eligible to register for the exam again. Eligible examination candidates may request an Examination Registration Form by contacting the Credentialing Unit by emailing to [email protected]. The Exam form includes information on requesting a reasonable accommodation.
All fees must be made in the form of a check or money order and made payable to “NYS OASAS”. All fees are non-refundable.
Initial Application Processing Fee: $100
Computer Based Examination Fee: $245
Examination Retest Fee: $245
CASAC-Trainee and CASAC-Provisional Extension Fee: $100
Failure to Update Contact Information Fee: $25
Certificate Reprint Fee: $10