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Renewal Process

In order to ensure continued competence and maintenance of skills, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) requires that your CASAC certificate be renewed every three years.

Approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date of your credential, the OASAS Credentialing Unit will mail a notice of expiration to your address currently on file. The renewal process requires the submission of the completed Renewal Application Packet to the OASAS Credentialing Unit at least 45 days prior to the expiration date of your credential to prevent a lapse in your credentialed status. The Renewal Application Packet can be requested by calling the Credentialing Unit at 1-800-482-9564 (Option #1).

Your application will be reviewed within 30 days of receipt by the OASAS Credentialing Unit to ensure that all renewal requirements have been satisfied.

Approved Applications

When your application is approved, you will be issued a new CASAC certificate which will expire on the last day of the three year period.

Incomplete Applications

If your application is determined to be incomplete, you will be mailed a CASAC Renewal Application Deficiency Listing. Identified deficiencies must be satisfactorily addressed prior to the expiration date of your credential or you will be subject to a late fee.

Late Renewal Process

If less than one year has elapsed since the expiration date of your credential, you may request to reapply for the credential through the late renewal process.

Reinstatement Process

If your credential has been expired for more than one year, you may apply to reinstate your credential.

Note:  Once your credential has expired, you may not identify yourself as a credentialed counselor.

Please call the Credentialing Unit at 1-800-482-9564 (Option #1) to inquire about the late renewal or reinstatement processes.

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Continuing Professional Education

You must document completion of continuing professional education consisting of a minimum of 60 clock hours (40 must be related to addictions) as outlined below.

NOTE:  If you hold a specialty designation, an additional 10 hours of continuing professional education specific to the specialty designation must be completed.

All continuing professional education claimed must have been completed during your current credentialed period and must be non-repetitive (i.e., the same course cannot be claimed more than one time during each credentialed period).

Continuing professional education consists of any training session, seminar, workshop or in-service training from an OASAS-approved provider and documented on a standardized certificate. Conferences held in New York State, independent of an academic institution, must be pre-approved by OASAS. Exceptions to this policy are:

  • training offered by other state, county or town government agencies;
  • academic coursework (supported by an academic transcript), including training and workshops offered at an accredited college;
  • out-of-state conferences that are approved by an appropriate certifying organization (nationally recognized professional organization or another credentialing board);
  • out-of-state training will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
  • distance learning courses approved by appropriate certifying bodies. There is no limit on the number of clock hours completed through distance learning.

All training must be relevant to the maintenance and enhancement of your competency in the provision of alcoholism and substance abuse counseling, except in the area of professional development.

A maximum of 20 clock hours in the area of Professional Development may be claimed toward satisfying the 60 clock hour requirement of continuing professional education. The content may be in any area that enhances your professional development. Coursework claimed must be supported by a completed Continuing Professional Development Education Form (Section II). Coursework claimed in this area does not require prior approval by OASAS.  However, it must be approved/developed by a recognized authority including:

  • accredited colleges and universities;
  • State, Federal or local government; or
  • nationally recognized professional organizations (including their local chapters/affiliates).
A maximum of 28 clock hours of professional activities may be claimed toward satisfying the 60 clock hour requirement of continuing professional education. Professional activities may include: delivering presentations; teaching; authoring articles published in professional journals; and/or participating in volunteer activities. All professional activities claimed must be supported by a completed Continuing Professional Education Record Addendum -- Professional Activities Verification Form. This form will document the groups or organizations served and verify the specific activity being claimed. A separate form must be completed for each group/organization served.  If you are claiming clock hours for authoring an article, a copy of the published article must be submitted.

Note: Clock hours claimed for teaching or delivering presentations are limited to the actual time spent presenting the subject matter and may be claimed only once during your credentialed period.  Repeated delivery of the same subject matter will not be considered.

All continuing professional education must be claimed in clock hours, determined as follows:

  • Clock Hours equal the actual number of hours documented for the continuing professional education received. (Example: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. = 2.5 clock hours)
  • Credit Hours are credits awarded after successful completion of an academic course. One college credit (graduate or undergraduate) equals 15 clock hours. (Example: 3 credits = 45 clock hours)
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are credits awarded after successful completion of a continuing education course. One CEU equals 10 clock hours. (Example: .7 CEUs = 7 clock hours)
  • Professional Activities Preparation Time is equal to one-half hour for every one hour of actual presentation.

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Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct 

You must arrange to have your current supervisor or program director complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on your behalf which should be submitted as part of your application. Click here to review the Canon of Ethical Principles.

If you indicated on Part A (Application Summary) that you:

  • are employed, you must arrange to have your current supervisor/program director complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on your behalf which should be submitted as part of your Application.  In this instance, your Evaluator does not need to be a Qualified Health Professional (QHP).
  • are not currently employed, but have worked at any time during the current credentialed period, the evaluator must be your most recent supervisor/program director.  The evaluation must be submitted on the Part C (Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct [PDS-17]) form included in this Application Packet.  In this instance, your Evaluator does not need to be a QHP.
  • were not employed at any time during your current credentialed period, and you do not have a current or most recent supervisor or program director who can complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on your behalf, you may identify a QHP who has known you during this credentialed period to serve as your evaluator, provided that he/she is not a relative or a subordinate.  In this instance, your Evaluator must be a QHP.

A QHP means an individual who: (1) has had at least one year of experience in the treatment of alcoholism and/or substance abuse and has completed a formal training program in the treatment of alcoholism and/or substance abuse; and (2) is a/an:

    • CASAC who has a current valid credential issued by the Office in accordance with Article 19 of the Mental Hygiene Law or a comparable credential, certificate or license from another recognized certifying body as determined by the Office;
    • licensed master or licensed clinical social worker who is currently registered as such by the New York State Education Department;
    • nurse practitioner who is licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department as a professional nurse;
    • occupational therapist licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department;
    • physician licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department;
    • physician's assistant licensed and currently registered as such by the New York State Education Department and whose practice is in conformity with Section 3701 of the Public Health Law;
    • registered professional nurse (RN) licensed and currently registered as such by the New York State Education Department;
    • psychologist licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department;
    • rehabilitation counselor certified by the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification;
    • therapeutic recreation specialist who holds a baccalaureate degree in a field allied to therapeutic recreation and, either before or after receiving such degree, has five years of full-time, paid work experience;
    • family therapist who is currently accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy;
    • licensed mental health practitioner who is currently registered as such by the New York State Education Department (Title VIII, Article 163); or
    • counselor certified by and currently registered as such with the National Board for Certified Counselors.