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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

To apply to become a CPP or CPS in New York State, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside or work in New York State at least 51 percent of the time, and meet the following education requirements:

CPS applicants must have earned at least a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). CPP applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree.

CPP/CPS applicants must meet specific competency and ethical conduct requirements, meet specific work experience requirements, meet minimum education and training requirements and pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, Inc. (ICRC) prevention examination. More specific information on the CPP/CPS requirements can be viewed by visiting the website of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) at

Credential Renewal

To ensure continued competence and maintenance of skills, New York State OASAS requires that CPP and CPS certificates be renewed every three years. Renewal applicants must document completion of a minimum of 60 clock hours of continuing professional education related to alcohol and substance abuse prevention services. All continuing professional education must be completed during the applicant's current credentialed period. Renewal applicants also must arrange to have their current or most recent supervisor or program director complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on their behalf.

Credentials Issued and Active

As of July 15, 2010, there were approximately 14 CPPs issued in 2010.
As of July 15, 2010, there are 277 CPP active credentials, and 20 CPS active credentials.

Credentialing Authority

New York State OASAS
Credentialing Unit
1450 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203-3526
Phone: 1-800-482-9564

Standard Occupational Classification

21-1011 - Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Manual, October 2000
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Additional Information

International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc.
6402 Arlington Boulevard - Suite 1200
Falls Church, VA 22042-2356
Phone: (703) 294-5827


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 9/11/12.

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