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The PCS Exam was developed,
reviewed and validated by nationally-recognized subject
matter and psychometric experts to test for
the necessary skills and knowledge
of an addiction professional in private
practice and / or working as a clinical supervisor
Here is a brief video that describes
how the PCS Exam was developed:
Complete the 40-hour
on-line course, and
the PCS Exam is waived
Based upon The Clinical Supervisor,
the acclaimed training manual
by some of the foremost authorities in AOD management,
supervision and education programs
the United States,
the 40-hour Clinical Supervisor Education
Course (CSEC) may be
completed entirely on-line
the on-line CSEC Course,
and the PCS Exam is waived
Course is divided into 3 parts,
and course fee is discounted
when complete answer sheet
and pay on-line:
in answer sheet
What to do:
CSC candidates must
complete and submit
No application fee
No membership dues
- Submit CSC Application, including
proof of completing either the
40-hour CSEC Course
passing the PCS Exam
every 2 years
(no additional renewal fee if you hold other Breining
These credentials are registered service marks, and may only
be used by professionals who have been awarded these
credentials by Breining Institute.
"Clinical Supervisor Credential" and "CSC" credentials:
Service Mark Reg. No. 66826, Class Number 41
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Which certification agencies are acceptable for the "current
addiction professional" certificate requirement? A:
There are many acceptable agencies located throughout the
United States, as long as they are accredited,
State-approved or nationally recognized. The drop-down list
below includes many of the agencies, but there may be others
that are acceptable.
If your licensing or certification agency
is not included on the above list, please contact us for a
determination, by sending an e-mail to us at
that includes the following: 1) full name of the agency, 2)
the web site address of the agency, and 3) which license or
certificate that you hold from that agency.
If I have a degree in addiction studies, do I need an
ADDITIONAL 40 hours of supervisor courses?
A: No. Your transcripts should show that you have
completed sufficient formal addiction coursework to meet the
Do "continuing education" courses qualify for the
40 hours of clinical supervisor competency education requirements?
A: Yes. The qualifying coursework
must be obtained from a recognized provider of Continuing
Education that provides documentation of that course work,
which may include employer-documented in-house trainings.
Documentation from the training agency (on agency letterhead
or by formal certificates of completion of the training)
must be included with the CSC Application to be considered.
Do I have to do other courses if I complete the 40-hour CSEC
A: No. Completing the 40-hour on-line Clinical
Supervisor Education Course (CSEC) satisfies the 40-hour
supervisor courses education requirement.