National Credential
Credential: Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders

The American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) certification is for health care professionals in the field of addictive disorders, which includes specializations in the following five areas: alcohol addiction, drug addiction, eating disorders, gambling disorders, and sex addiction. The CAS is a clinical certification based upon experience providing treatment under the direction of a qualified clinical supervisor, specialized training, and a written examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted M8 Drug and Alcohol Counseling ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders
314 West Superior Street
Suite 508
Duluth, MN  55802
Phone: (218) 727-3940
Fax: (218) 722-0346
Contact Page

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)

Option 1:

Applicants with master's or doctorate degrees in mental health-related fields must have:

  • Three years (6,000 hours) of post-graduate, full-time supervised experience providing direct health care services to those identified with an addictive disorder
  • A portfolio with documentation of a minimum of 270 hours of formal specialized education

Note: Pre-doctoral or pre-master's internships at an approved site may be considered by the Academy towards one year of clinical supervision.

Option 2:

Applicants with other degrees or without a degree must have:

  • Five years (10,000 hours) of full-time supervised experience providing direct health care services to those identified with an addictive disorder
  • A portfolio with documentation of a minimum of 270 hours of formal specialized education

The Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must submit three (3) professional recommendations from those who are personally familiar with them; at least one recommendation must be from a clinical supervisor who can document the applicant's health care experience.
  • Applicants must sign and return the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)

  • Counseling
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Screening Instruments and Techniques
    • Treating Special Populations
    • Treatment Techniques
    • Detoxification
    • Intervention Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
  • Treatment Planning
    • Assessment and Diagnostic Skills
    • Developing a Diagnostic and Treatment Formulation
    • Relationship between Addictions and Other Problems
    • Referral Skills
  • Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
    • Legal and Ethical Issues
    • Training Activities that lead to Credentials
    • Documentation
      • Administrative Skills
      • Treatment Process Skills
  • Foundations (Transdisciplinary)
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Theoretical Models of Addiction
    • Addiction Concepts
  • Client, Family, and Community Education
    • Signs and Symptoms of Addiction and Withdrawal
    • Therapy Organization and Movement Skills

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders must submit a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education and pay a renewal fee annually. A Code of Ethics and Conduct must be signed with each annual renewal.