There is a high demand for addictions professionals — an inspiring, rewarding and challenging career path — and the UB School of Social Work can help prepare you for that journey as you complete your MSW program.
Please note that our CASAC initial training is available only to those enrolled in our MSW degree.
To become a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State, you must meet specific requirements in the following areas: competency and ethical conduct, work experience, and education and training. You must also pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors
For the education and training requirement, you must document a minimum of 350 hours that address the knowledge, skills and professional techniques related to addictions counseling. The UB School of Social Work is an approved provider by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for these 350 hours of initial required training.
As you plan your MSW coursework, review the links below to determine which courses apply toward the 350-hour training requirement.
You will also want to consider an MSW field placement in an addictions or dual diagnosis setting. Additionally, there is a requirement for 6,000 hours of applicable work experience when applying for CASAC certification. Your MSW may be substituted for 4,000 hours of work experience, provided that 2,000 hours of paid work experience occurred within five years prior to submitting the CASAC application.
CASAC/CASAC-Trainee application - use the
link at the top of this page to obtain the
application PDS-11- Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and CASAC Trainee Application
CASAC Exam Study Resources - material
recommendations to assist you with additional study prior to taking
the CASAC exam.
CASAC applicants are now required to obtain their fingerprint based background check when you become eligible to receive the CASAC Trainee, CASAC Trainee Extension (if necessary) and CASAC credential. Applicants will receive written notification from the NYS OASAS Credentialing Unit when it is necessary for you to complete the background check process.