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Credentialed Prevention Professional/Specialist


The Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP)/Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) are intended for individuals who provide alcoholism and substance abuse prevention services in approved work settings. CPP/CPS work experience is based upon a comprehensive, multi-dimensional prevention services approach which includes five performance domains, i.e., planning and evaluation, education and skill development, community organization, public and organizational policy, and professional growth and responsibility.

Credentialing Requirements

In order to become a Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) 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) Prevention examination. All the stated requirements are overseen and/or coordinated by OASAS.

If you hold a CPS certificate, you may obtain a CPP certificate without being required to pass another IC&RC Prevention examination. You will be required to submit a credential upgrade packet which verifies that all CPP requirements have been satisfied, along with a credential upgrade fee.

Credentialing Authority

New York State OASAS
Credentialing Unit
1450 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203-3526
Phone: 518-473-3460

Standard Occupational Classification

21-1011 - Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Manual, October 2000
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/05/14.

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