Criteria for CSAT Examinations (Level III and Level IV)


EMPLOYMENT
    • Two years (4000 hours) of employment as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor or supervisor of same. Three years (6000 hours) of employment is required if degree is not in a behavioral science field. Employment must have been gained within the last 7 years. Applicant must spend at least 51% of his/her time providing direct alcohol and other drug abuse counseling.
    • Supervised work experience must be in the 8 AODA domains (clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, client, family & community education, documentation, professional and ethical responsibility).
    • Applicant must be currently employed in an alcohol and other drug abuse counseling position at the time application is submitted to APCB. Those in voluntary service will be considered on a case by case basis and relevant documentation will be required as evidence of nature of voluntary counseling.
    • CSAT acceptable employment is based on applicant providing direct, primary alcohol and other drug abuse counseling to persons whose primary diagnosis is that of alcohol and/or drug addiction or that applicant is providing supervision of addiction counseling.
    • Applicant must have primary responsibility for providing counseling in an individual and/or group setting, preparing treatment plans, documenting client progress and is clinically supervised by an individual who is knowledgeable in addiction.
    • If current employment is in an unlicensed facility, an agency brochure and philosophy statement as it relates to alcohol and other drug abuse must be included.
SUPEVISION
    • 270 hours, with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain.
EDUCATION
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that is recognized by the Ministry of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation the country issuing the degree. An official transcript sent directly from college/university is required.
    • 150 hours of education relevant to the field of addiction, of which 70 are alcohol and other drug abuse specific, including 6 in professional ethics and responsibilities, and 6 in HIV/AIDS.
    • Education is defined as formal, structured instruction in the form of workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, college/university credit courses and APCB approved distance education.
    • Education must be specifically related to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks within the 8 domains: Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Referral, Service Coordination, Counseling, Client, Family & Community Education, Documentation, Professional & Ethical Responsibilities.
    • Education in CPR/First Aid and computer learning will be acceptable for a maximum of 6 hours each.
    • Education, as defined above, applicant provides to others may also be used.
      THOSE WHO DO NOT MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS MAY STILL APPY BASED ON THEIR WORK EXPERIENCE. THEY WILL BE ASSESED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. IF REQUIRED THE COMMITTEE WILL BE SORT FOR ADVISE ON RECRUITMENT OF SPECIAL CASES.
EXAMINATION
    • Pass the APCB Written/On-line Examination for Level III or Level IV for Masters holders with 5 years of related working experience.
OTHER
    • Signed and dated Code of Ethical Conduct.
    • Signed, dated and notarized Release.
    • Current job description dated and signed by supervisor and applicant.
ASSESSMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
      The assessment is done by the local APCB board. Please contact your Local APCB Board for more information. A nominal charge of 25 USD is taken per assessment by the board.