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      The Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) credential is the most sought after AOD counselor certification in California.

First in California

  Breining Institute was the
first alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselor certification agency nationally-accredited and approved by the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Proud member

Breining Institute is a member
of the Coalition of Counselor Certifying Organizations (CCCO), dedicated to the development of higher and uniform standards for alcohol and other drug (AOD) and substance use disorders (SUD) professional certification.

RAS Eligibility
hours formal education in alcohol and other drugs (AOD) training,

hours or 1 year experience,
which includes 160 hours of supervised experience.

Pass the multiple-choice Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE) which is administered daily at over 500 test centers located throughout the United States and Canada

  Starting March 1, 2014  

Starting March 1, 2014 in California, there are new
pre-registration requirements.
See below for details.



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  New pre-registration requirements, starting March 1, 2014  

Introductory education
Starting March 1, 2014 in California, prior to registering as an AOD counselor with a State of California-approved AOD counselor certifying organization, including Breining Institute, CAADE, CADTP, CAARR, CAADAC or CCAPP, individuals will need to first complete a "nine-hour orientation course" of introductory alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or substance use disorders (SUD) education, consisting of 3 hours each of ethics, confidentiality and professional boundaries.

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Eligible education providers
The "nine-hour orientation course" may be completed through any of the three methods below:


  Complete the on-line
"Basics Bundle"
from Breining Institute;

  Complete a designated
"nine-hour orientation course" from any Breining Institute Accredited (BIA) program provider; or


  Complete a course specifically identified as an approved "nine-hour orientation course" from CAADE, CADTP, CAARR, CAADAC or CCAPP.

The course must be designated as
an approved "nine-hour orientation course"


Breining 9-hr Basics Bundle
The approved Breining Institute "nine-hour orientation course" is the "Basics Bundle" which may be completed entirely on-line.

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9-hr "Basics Bundle" includes Professional and Ethical Standards of Case Management (3 hours); HIPAA, Privacy Rule and Confidentiality of Client Records (3 hours); and Analyzing Multiple Relationships between Counselor and Client (3 hours). This orientation course does not count toward fulfillment of the minimum 155 hours of formal AOD courses required for certification.

California Law
California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8, Sections 13000, et seq.

AOD Counselors
You must be registered within 6 months
of providing AOD counseling services, and

then fully certified
within 5 years.

Register on-line with Breining


At least 30% of your staff providing
AOD counseling services
must be certified.
Employers will be cited for non-compliance.

ADP Enforcement Notice


Code of Conduct
All registered and/or certified
AOD counselors are subject to the
Uniform Code of Conduct (UCC)

Calif Uniform Code of Conduct


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:
"Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" Exam: Service Mark Reg. No. 68184, Class Number 41
The RAS Certification is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)



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.
  Addiction Specialist (RAS)   On-line Renewal   On-line RAS registration   Application for Admission
  RAS Level II (RAS II)   Paper renewal packet - All levels   Special Student / Military RAS Registration   Transcript request form
  RAS Level III (RAS III)   On-line CE courses   Exam Request - ON-LINE form   School Catalog
  Masters Level RAS (M-RAS)   Continuing Education providers   ACE Examen en Español   FAST TRACK education program
  Supervisor Credential (CSC)   Update your Profile Information   Special Student / Military RAS Exam Request    
  Masters Degree Credential (MCA)       Exam Request - PAPER form   RESEARCH & EDUCATION FOUNDATION
  Women's Treatment Specialist (CWTS)       ACE Exam Tutorial in English   Clinical Supervisor Manual
  Medication-Assisted Treatment (MATC)       ACE Examen Tutorial en Español   Journal of Addictive Disorders
  Forensic Addictions (FAC)       Education Providers    
  Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CCDS)       RAS Reciprocity   JOB BOARD
      RECIPROCITY: US and International   Certification Handbook / Exam Statistics   NEWS & REVIEWS
  SPECIALIST COURSES   RECIPROCITY: California   Find US and International Test Centers   BREINING MOBILE
  40-hr Clinical Supervisor Education Course       Find an RAS professional   DUI PROGRAMS
  40-hr MAT Counselor Education Course       Codes of Ethics / File a Complaint   BREINING ON FACEBOOK
  40-hr Forensic Counselor Education Course       RAS IN CALIFORNIA   BOOKSTORE
  40-hr Co-occurring Disorders Ed Course       Reciprocity in California   BREINING iTUNES U CHANNEL
  40-hr Women's Treatment Ed Course       Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE)   EXCELLENCE IN SUPERVISION AWARD

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