Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) Description

A Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) designation is a professional substance abuse credential for those persons who have demonstrated competency in the performance domains of Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management and Referral; Client, Family and Community Education; Documentation; and Ethical and Professional Responsibilities. Individuals holding the CAP are recognized/hold the practice rights of a “qualified professional” per Chapter 397, F.S.

Certification Standards

Formal Education

Bachelor’s degree or higher from a university or college accredited by an entity recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.

A degree in a related field is not required for CAP applicants; however, individuals holding a related degree may be eligible for reduced related work experience and on-the-job supervision requirements. (Related degrees are Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling.)

Content-Specific Training

350 hours of content specific training, allocated as follows:
1. Clinical Evaluation: 35 hours
2. Treatment Planning: 30 hours
3. Counseling: 50 hours
4. Case Management and Referral: 15 hours
5. Client, Family and Community Education: 15 hours
6. Documentation: 15 hours
7. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
8. Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge: 80 hours
9. Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 80 hours*

*Must include at least 4 hours of HIV-AIDS and 2 hours of Domestic Violence.
All training must have been completed within the last 10 years.

Related Work Experience

Work experience requirements vary based on the applicant’s formal education.
1. Any bachelor’s degree or a non-related Master’s Degree: 6,000 hours of direct experience performing addiction-related services at the level expected of a CAP.
2. Any related Master’s Degree or higher: 4,000 hours of direct experience performing addiction-related services at the level expected of a CAP.

All experience must have been gained within the last 10 years.

On-the-Job Supervision

On-the-Job Supervision requirements vary based on the applicant’s formal education.
1. Any bachelor’s degree or a non-related Master’s Degree: 300 hours of direct supervision of the applicant’s performance of addiction-related services at the level expected of a CAP.
2. Any related Master’s Degree or higher: 200 hours of direct supervision of the applicant’s performance of addiction-related services at the level expected of a CAP.

A minimum of 20 hours of supervision must be provided and documented for each performance domain (Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management and Referral; Client, Family and Community Education; Documentation; and Ethical and Professional Responsibilities.)
All on-the-job supervision must have been completed within the last 10 years.

Recommendations

3 professional letters of recommendation for certification.

Written Exam
Florida Certified Addiction Professional Exam (required)
IC&RC ADC Exam (optional exam, only required for applicants seeking international reciprocity.)

Criminal Background

Must have a clean criminal history for a minimum of 3-years prior to application for certification, including release from all sanctions.*

Code of Ethics

Must read and sign an attestation agreeing to comply with the FCB Code of Ethical & Professional Conduct.

Continuing Education

20 hours per year. Training content must be related to at least one of the CAP performance domains.
CEU hours must be non-repetitive (i.e., the same course cannot be claimed more than one time during each credentialed period, even if the course was taken annually.)

Renewal

Annual, on June 30th of each calendar year.

Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) Description

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