Certification Criteria

All applicants need to pass the APCB Exam.

The certification for each level lasts 3 years from the passing of the exam.

Level I: Recovery Coach:
Individuals seeking certification who are or have been taking on some role in the field of addictions therapy and are undergoing addictions specific training of up to 45 hours.

Level II: Certified Substance Abuse Therapist (CSAT Level II): 

Candidates achieve CSAT Level II certification after completing 45 contact hours of addictions specific training and pass the CSAT examination. Practical work experience is not mandatory.

Level III: Certified Substance Abuse Therapist (CSAT Level III):

Three years of supervised work experience (6,000 hours) specifically in the field of addictions.

  1. A Diploma in behavioural sciences from a recognised Institute of Higher Learning will count towards 1,000 of the hours required.

A Bachelor’s degree in behavioural sciences from a recognised University will count towards 2,000 of the hours required.

A Master’s degree in behavioural sciences from a recognised University will count towards 4,000 of the hours required.

  1. 270 hours of training specifically in addictions and/or mental health. Submission of the official transcripts or certificates of completion/attendance is required as proof of training; AND
  2. 300 hours* of supervised practical experience working in a program on managing substance abuse, of which a minimum of ten (10) hours must be spent in each of the following areas:

*Candidates are responsible to ensure that their supervisors verify these hours through the Supervisor’s Feedback Form.

      • Screening & Intake
      • Orientation,
      • Assessment & Treatment Planning
      • Counselling,
      • Case Management,
      • Crisis Intervention,
      • Client Education
      • Referral
      • Reports and Record Keeping
      • Consultation with other professionals in regard to client treatment.

  1. Passing the APCB examination.

                                                                         

Level IV: Certified Master Substance Abuse Therapist (CMSAT):

This highest level of certification is exclusively for individuals who:

  • Meet the Level III requirements; AND
  • Have an additional 5 years of relevant work experience; AND
  • Have completed formal education at the Master level.