The requirements for CASAC certification include submitting three Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct forms from parties with direct knowledge of the applicant's behavior, providing documentation of at least 6,000 hours working within workplaces recognized by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and having at least 350 hours of associated training. Applicants must also be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma.
The CASAC certification process begins with the Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct form, which serves as an affidavit verifying the applicant's personal and workplace behavior to ensure compliance with the beliefs and goals of the program. Of the three forms, one must come from the applicant's clinical supervisor and one must come from a person with a current CASAC certification. The final form must come from a Qualified Health Professional with at least one year's experience treating alcoholism or substance abuse.
The work requirements for the certification must include documentation from the applicant's supervisor to ensure credibility. The work needs to take place in a drug or alcohol treatment facility in compliance with the state of New York's laws for such organizations. The applicant must also log the hours in a position that includes direct supervision or care for patients receiving treatment at the facility. The 350 hours of training must come from an accredited educational institute, though it is also possible to bypass this by holding a master's, bachelor's or associate degree in an approved human services field.