Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant

Scope of Practice:  The practice of a certified substance abuse prevention consultant is based on knowledge in the performance domains to prevent or reduce the conditions that place individuals at increased risk of developing addictive disorder or disease and help prevent relapse.

Who May Apply? This certification is offered to those persons who frequently are not involved in one-to-one and group counseling with persons who have substance abuse problems. Rather, it is offered to those persons who identify and work with people in high risk categories and/or in alcohol and drug education settings (i.e.: human service agencies, drug and alcohol educators, high school guidance counselors, etc.)

How to Earn This Credential (Download CSAPC Manual)

Registration – The applicant must first submit the items for registration. A Registered person is a considered a substance abuse professional who is receiving supervision from a Certified Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor Intern, or Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant with three years of experience at a ratio of 1:10 hours for the 300 hour practicum and 1:40 hours for the remaining experience hours. The items required  for registration are:

  • Documentation of high school graduation, completion of GED, Baccalaureate or advanced degree (Use transcripts as documentation as appropriate)
  • Supervision agreement with proposed supervision process by either a CCS, CS Intern, or CSAPC with three years experience
  • Agreement to adhere to the Ethical Principles of Conduct of the Board
  • Completion of 3 clock hours of ethics training
  • Resume and Job Description
  • Registration Fee of $125.00 (non-refundable) made payable to NCSAPPB
  • Completion of SBI/SBI background check to include $38.00 (non-refundable) fee to NCSAPPB
  1. Full Certification – There is no Intern or Associate step for this credential. All aspects of the credential must be completed before the applicant may complete the IC&RC PS Examination.
  • A minimum of 300 board approved practicum hours documented by a CCS, CSI, or CSAPC with three years of experience
  • Three (3) years full-time experience in the field or two (2) years if applicant has a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human services field, documented and supervised by a CCS, CSI, or CSAPC with three years experience
  • Two evaluations from colleagues/co-workers
  • 270 hours of board approved academic/didactic training divided in the following manner: 170 hours in the area of primary prevention; and 100 hours in substance abuse specific material which includes 6 hours in HIV/AIDS training and 3 hours in professional prevention ethics training; and all hours must be in the current Performance Domains as defined by the IC&RC
  • $125 Examination Fee
  • Successful completion of IC&RC PS examination