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Renewal Process

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

Approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date of your credential, the OASAS Credentialing Unit will mail an expiration notification and a Renewal Application to your address currently on file. The renewal process requires the submission of the completed Renewal Application 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 CPP or CPS 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 CPP/CPS 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 prevention practitioner.

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

Continuing Professional Education Link to Return to top of page

You must document completion of continuing professional education consisting of a minimum of 60 clock hours (40 clock hours must be related to alcohol and substance abuse prevention).

All continuing professional education claimed must have been completed during your current credentialed period (i.e., the period between the effective date and the expiration date of your current credential).

Continuing professional education consists of any training session, seminar, workshop, college course or in-service training that is relevant to the maintenance and enhancement of your competency in the provision of alcohol and substance abuse prevention services.

OASAS will consider continuing professional education obtained through accredited colleges or universities; governmental agencies; professional organizations; training institutes; or in-service training programs.

A maximum of 28 clock hours of professional activities may be claimed toward satisfying the 60 clock hour continuing professional education requirement. Professional activities may include: delivering presentations; teaching; authoring articles published in professional journals; and/or participating in volunteer activities. All professional activities must be related to the provision of alcoholism and substance abuse counseling.

There is no limit on the number of clock hours completed through distance learning. However, OASAS will only consider distance learning course work completed through the following entities:

All continuing professional education claimed must be supported by an academic transcript, certificate or letter of completion which includes your name; the name of the education institution or provider; title of the course/training; date of completion; and number of clock hours associated the completion of the course/training.

All professional activities claimed must be supported by a completed Continuing Professional Education Record Addendum -- Professional Activities Verification Form. This Form will document the group or organization served and verify the specific activity 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.

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

Clock Hours = 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 = 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) = 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 = one-half hour for every one hour of actual presentation.

Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct Link to Return to top of page

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

If you were not employed in the field of alcohol and substance abuse prevention during your current credentialed period, and you do not have a current or most recent supervisor or program director who can compete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on your behalf, you may identify a Qualified Prevention Supervisor who has known you during the last two years to serve as your evaluator.  

A Qualified Prevention Supervisor is an individual who is:

  • a CPP;
  • non-credentialed but meets the CPP work experience and education requirements; or
  • a CASAC supervising a program providing prevention services.