Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) Training
***IMPORTANT NOTE: THE FLORIDA CERTIFICATION BOARD NO LONGER OFFERS THE CAS CERTIFICATION. CONTINUE READING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OTHER OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU***
The Certified Addiction Specialist program, offered by the Florida Certification Board was an addiction counselor certification geared toward those who wanted to become addiction professionals, but did not meet the required criteria for the CAC and CAP. The Florida Certification Board no longer offers this level of certification.
Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) Alternatives
For those that may have qualified or were interested in the Certified Addiction Specialist program, the Academy for Addiction Professionals offers training for two alternate certifications.
- Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS): This certification requires a GED or high school diploma, 1000 hours of direct industry experience (vs 2000 for CAS) and 75 hours of training (vs 150 hours for CAS). While the CRSS does not carry the same weight as the CAS, it is a useful entry-level program for suture counselors. Visit our Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) page for more detailed information.
- Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC): The Certified Addiction Counselor is one step above the former Certified Addiction Specialist. A GED / high school diploma or higher is required. 250 hours of training are requires as well. Those with an associate’s / vocational degree or higher will have a lower work experience (4000 hours) and direct supervision time (150 hours) requirement compared to those with a GED at 6000 and 300 hours respectively. Visit our Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) page for more detailed information.
We encourage you to contact us, or the Florida Certification Board directly, to learn more about the options available to you now that the CAS is no longer being offered. We look forward to welcoming you into a rapidly growing industry where the talents of clinicians and techs at all stages of their careers are highly prized.