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     Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) Certification:  The credential that recognizes advanced education and clinical experience.

 
Daily testing   Low Cost, FREE Prep   To earn the RAS:
         

The qualifying exam for the
RAS Credential is the
Addiction Counselor Exam or "ACE"
Exam, which is administered daily
at over 500 test centers located throughout
the US and Canada


Testing now available at all
US and Canada sites,
in English and in Spanish
(contact Breining Institute if you need testing in another country; additional charges will be applicable)

 
 

 

Only $150 to test.
No membership dues.
-
Exam fee includes

 
Comprehensive study guides
and FREE on-line tutorial.
The exam will only test on the
material in these publications.
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Se lo prefiere, puede tomar
el examen en español?
Examen en Español

 

Request Exam
Exam Request
and document your education
and experience:

155
hours formal AOD education
and

2,080
hours (equivalent to 1-yr full time)
clinical experience,
and
160
hours supervised clinical experience
 

     
  California Counselors  
   
Please visit the California RAS page, using the link below, for special California laws and registration requirements:

 
 
  California RAS  
     

 

 
RAS Credential Career Path for AOD / SUD Professionals
RAS II   RAS III   M-RAS   Apply here
 
Registered Addiction Specialist
Level II


OPTION 1
Qualifications for RAS, and

Associates Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

3
years clinical experience

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OR
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OPTION 2
Qualifications for RAS, and

450
hours formal AOD education

and

5
years clinical experience
 
 
 

 
Registered Addiction Specialist
Level III

 
OPTION 1
Qualifications for RAS, and

Bachelors Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

3
years clinical experience

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OR
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OPTION 2
 
 Qualifications for RAS, and
Associates Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

5
years clinical experience

   
Masters Level
Registered Addiction Specialist

 
OPTION 1
Qualifications for RAS, and

Masters or Doctorate
in healing arts or sciences

and

3
years clinical experience

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OR
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OPTION 2
Qualifications for RAS, and
Bachelors Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

5
years clinical experience
   
 

 

 

 

 

The RAS Credential is the basis for
the RAS II, RAS III, and M-RAS.

All applicants for advanced RAS Credentials, please use the application at this link:
 
Advanced RAS Application

If you already hold an RAS Credential and are upgrading to a higher level, there is NO FEE and NO EXAM.

If you are seeking an advanced RAS Credential without already holding an underlying RAS Credential, this Application includes the opportunity to sign up for the ACE Exam.

The Application also includes information about requesting a waiver of the ACE Exam (and a discounted fee) if you have previously passed a specified equivalent exam.

QUESTIONS?
Please call us at 916-987-2007
or contact us at
Certification@Breining.edu


 

 
 


These credentials are registered service marks, and may only be used by professionals who have been awarded these credentials by Breining Institute.
"Registered Addiction Specialist" and "RAS" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 65739, Class Number 41

The "Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" Exam are registered service marks of Breining Institute: Service Mark Reg. No. 68184, Class Number 41
 

 
  FAQs  
 
"Formal AOD education" is college level coursework in alcohol and other drugs (AOD) education, as more fully described in the section below, and as
documented with transcripts.

"Clinical experience" may be obtained either as a paid or volunteer worker, in an agency or agencies that provide services related to addictions.

Clinical experience must include 160 hours of supervised training.
 
 
 

 
Formal alcohol and other drugs (AOD) education should include the curriculum contained within the Addiction Counseling Competencies, Technical Assistance Publication Series 21 (TAP 21), and will include:
 

 
  Understanding Addiction - includes understanding theories of addiction, recognizing social and cultural factors within which addiction exists, behavioral and physical effects of psychoactive substances, and recognition of potential for substance abuse disorders to co-exist with other medical and psychological disorders.
 
 
  Treatment Knowledge - includes philosophies and practices of generally accepted models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention and continuing care for addiction, the importance of family and community systems in the treatment and recovery process, recognizing the importance of ongoing study in clinical practice, and understanding of multidisciplinary, non-traditional or various approaches to addiction treatment.
Communicable Diseases
- includes tuberculosis, HIV disease and Hepatitis C.
 
 
  Application to Practice - includes understanding diagnostic criteria for addiction treatment and placement, providing the appropriate treatment in consideration of a client's personal and cultural background situation, and familiarity with the acceptable range of medical and pharmacological resources available for treatment.
Special Populations - includes aging individuals; individuals with co-occurring disorders (e.g. alcoholism and mental illness); individuals with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); individuals with disabilities; diverse populations; individuals with cultural differences; individuals on probation / parole, etc.
 
 
  Professional Readiness - includes personal and professional growth; understanding supervision in the delivery of client services; professional obligations to adhere to ethical standards; understanding of and participation in prevention as well as treatment programs; an understanding of procedures for handling crises or dangerous situations; and coursework related to the prevention of sexual harassment.
 
 
     
 
         
  PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS   THE RAS CREDENTIAL COLLEGE PROGRAMS
  Update your Credential Profile Information   On-line RAS registration RESEARCH & EDUCATION FOUNDATION
  Credential Renewal   Exam Request BOOKSTORE
  Education Providers   Special Student / Military RAS Exam Request JOB BOARD
  Specialist Courses   RAS Reciprocity DUI PROGRAMS
  Codes of Ethics / File a Complaint   Certification Handbook / Exam Statistics EXCELLENCE IN SUPERVISION AWARD
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