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Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Credentialing Process

Overview

In order to become a CASAC in New York State, you must: (1) meet specific competency and ethical conduct requirements; (2) meet specific work experience requirements; (3) meet minimum education and training requirements; and (4) pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. All the stated requirements are overseen and/or coordinated by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

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 and will remain active for five years from the date of postmark.

Upon receipt by the OASAS Credentialing Unit, your application will be reviewed to determine eligibility for a CASAC Trainee and CASAC examinations. Based on the findings of the review, your application will be determined to be either approved or incomplete.

Approved Applications

When your application is approved, you will be eligible for admission to the examinations administered during the five-year period that your application is active. Admission to each examination will require submission of an examination fee. You will be mailed an approval letter and directed to complete and return to the OASAS Credentialing Unit a CASAC Examination Registration Form and examination fee.

Incomplete Applications

If your application is determined to be incomplete, you will be mailed a CASAC Application Review Summary identifying any deficiencies. Once you have satisfactorily addressed the identified deficiencies, your application will be approved.

If you are unable to address the identified deficiencies by the end of the five-year period that your application is active, your application will not be approved. In order to be considered to become a CASAC in the future, you will be required to submit a new application, associated documentation and an additional application processing fee.

Examination Eligibility

An applicant is eligible to take the examination upon submission of an application and approval of the educational requirement associated with the credential. 

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CASAC Trainee Certification

Applicants may be considered for a CASAC Trainee certificate upon satisfying a minimum of:

  • 350 clock hours 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 alcoholism and substance abuse.

Your CASAC Trainee certificate will be effective from the date that any of the above eligibility requirements are approved until the end of the five-year period that your application is active. The CASAC Trainee certificate is not renewable.  However, if you are an examination candidate when your CASAC Trainee certificate expires, a three year extension may be requested for an additional fee. If you do not complete the credentialing process by the expiration date of your CASAC Trainee certification extension, in order to be considered to become a CASAC in the future, you will be required to submit a new application, associated documentation and an additional application processing fee. You will not be considered for CASAC Trainee certification a second time.

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Examination

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions derived from the counselor tasks identified in the IC&RC Candidate Guide.

The examination is administered at least one time per year in New York State. Based on the geographic locations of eligible candidates, examination locations may vary. Upon completion of the exam, you will receive a preliminary score. If you pass the examination, you may not consider yourself a credentialed counselor until you have received the official results of your examination and are issued a certificate.

Applicants who do not pass the examination will remain eligible to retest once every 60 days during the active period of their application.