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Credentialed Prevention Professional/Specialist


The CPP and CPS are intended for individuals who provide alcohol and substance abuse PREVENTION services in approved work settings.

Credentialing Requirements

You should consider pursuing the CPP or CPS if your work experience is based on a comprehensive, multi-dimensional prevention services approach which includes the following six performance domains:

  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Prevention Education and Service Delivery
  • Communication
  • Community Organization
  • Public Policy and Environmental Change
  • Professional Growth and Responsibility

In order to become a CPP or CPS in New York State, you 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.

Credentialing Authority

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services - OASAS
Credentialing Unit
1450 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203-3526
Phone: 518-473-3460

Standard Occupational Classification

21-1011.00 - Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).


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 1/8/19.

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