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  For more information, and to apply and test for the nationally-accredited RAS Credential, select this link: RAS Credential  
     
  Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) Certification: 2014 Report  
     
 
                 
  Validated     Accessible     Affordable  
 

Scientifically validated exams.
Nationally accredited RAS Credential
holders now in 47 US States.

   

Daily testing at over 500 exam centers located throughout the US and Canada. International and US military base testing.

   

Exam fee is only $150, and includes comprehensive study materials and free on-line tutorial. No membership dues.

 
                 
 
     
  RAS Credential Career Path for AOD / SUD Professionals  
 
RASi   RAS   RAS II   RAS III   M-RAS
 Registered Addiction Specialist
Intern Status
  Registered
Addiction
Specialist
  Registered Addiction Specialist
Level II
  Registered Addiction Specialist
Level III
  Masters Level
Registered Addiction Specialist
     
  ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
California law: Within
6 months
 of first providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) or substance use disorders (SUD) counseling services, counselors must be registered by a nationally accredited and State of California approved certification agency, such as Breining Institute,

and then within
5 years
must be fully certified by a nationally accredited and State of California approved certification agency, such as Breining Institute
 
 
     
  QUALIFICATIONS
Formal education

155 hours
in formal alcohol and other drug (AOD) studies

and

2,080 hours
of clinical experience
(which is equivalent to
one year full time)

and

160 hours
of supervised
clinical experience
 
 
     
  OPTION 1
Qualifications for RAS, and

Associates Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

3
years clinical experience

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OR
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OPTION 2
Qualifications for RAS, and

450
hours formal AOD education

and

5
years clinical experience
 
 
     
  OPTION 1
Qualifications for RAS, and

Bachelors Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

3
years clinical experience

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OR
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OPTION 2
 
 Qualifications for RAS, and
Associates Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

5
years clinical experience
 
 
     
  OPTION 1
Qualifications for RAS, and

Masters or Doctorate
in healing arts or sciences

and

3
years clinical experience

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OR
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OPTION 2
Qualifications for RAS, and
Bachelors Degree
in healing arts or sciences

and

5
years clinical experience
 
                 
 
     
    
The qualifying examination to earn the nationally-accredited RAS Credential is called the
"Addiction Counselor Exam" or "ACE" Exam
which is administered in both English and Spanish
 
 
   
The ACE Exam Tutorial is available FREE and on-line

ACE Exam tutorial in English:
Exam Tutorial in English
ACE Examen tutorial en Español: Examen Tutorial en Espanol
 
 
  There are over 500 test centers located throughout the United States and Canada. Find one near you by selecting the Find US and International Test Centers link.  
   
Certification Statistics
In 2013, over 50% passed the RAS Exam the first time, . . . for the fourth year in a row.

The ACE Exam is not easy, ...
but over 50% of the candidates who pass the exam pass it the first time they take it,
because they studied the material provided by Breining as part of the exam fee.

2013 Exam Statistics
Total number of tests administered (includes exam re-takes): 989
Total number of candidates: 724
Total number of candidates who passed the exam: 438
Percentage of candidates who passed: 60.5 %
First-time test takers: 580
Candidates who passed the exam the first time: 312
Of those who passed the exam, percentage of candidates passing the first time: 53.8 %

Recent Historical Exam Statistics: Overall Pass Rate
Based upon the total number of candidates:
2013: 60.5%
2012: 65.3%
2011: 74.1%
2010: 80.7%
2009: 79.1%
2008: 72.3%
2007: 68.5%
2006: 60.8%
 

 
   
Over 400 educational institutions provide qualifying education

Over 400 educational institutions throughout the United States and Canada have provided qualifying education to RAS candidates.
Over 97% of RAS candidates received their qualifying education from institutions other than Breining Institute.
For more educational institution information, select this link:
Educators
 
 
   
Continuing Education (CE) courses may be completed entirely on-line.

If you would like to use Breining courses, select the
On-line CE courses link.
 
 
   
Contact information

Mailing address is: Breining Institute, 8894 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, California USA 95662-4019
Certification Department e-mail address: Certification@Breining.edu

Certification Department phone number: 916-987-2007
 
 
     
 

Policies and Procedures

>

  < Certification Handbook
             
 
  Updates may be made to the RAS Certification Handbook and Policies and Procedures at any time by Breining Institute  
     
     
  Why many employers prefer the RAS Credential
Watch the video
 
     
     
  RAS Certification Board  
 
               
  Chair
Elizabeth McClatchy
President / CEO
Safety Center, Inc.
Sacramento, California
         
               
  Public Member
Janis L. Baffoni, CPA
Certified Public Accountant
Roseville, California
      Jacqueline Perlmutter, RASi
Counselor / Outreach Coordinator
Olympia House Residential Treatment
Petaluma, California
               
  Merna Eppick, RAS, CSC
President / CEO
Clarity Recovery & Wellness
Springfield, Missouri
      Sherrie Rager, PhD, M-RAS, CCDS
Senior Addiction Counselor
Lionrock Recovery
Mountain View, California
               
  Rev. Dr. Jasper Hemphill, Jr, RAS, MCA 
Director of Operations
Olive Hill Economic Development Corp
Morganton, North Carolina
      Rev. Dennis Ruane, Dr.AD
Blessed Sacrament Fathers
Our Lady of Kea'au
Waianae, Hawaii
               
  Mary Hubbard, M-RAS, CSC
Owner / CEO
MARSTE Services
Santee, California
      Kenneth Seeley, RAS
Chief Executive Officer
Intervention 911
Palm Springs, California
               
               
  Co-Chair
Michael Breining
President
Breining Institute
Orangevale, California
      Psychometrics Consultant
Daniel Biddle, PhD
President
Biddle Consulting Group
Folsom, California
               
 
     
     
 
The "Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" Exam, as well as the "RAS" credentials, are registered service marks of Breining Institute:
"Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" Exam: Service Mark Reg. No. 68184, Class Number 41
"Registered Addiction Specialist" and "RAS" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 65739, Class Number 41
 
 
     

 

               
  PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS   CREDENTIAL RENEWAL   THE RAS CREDENTIAL   COLLEGE PROGRAMS
  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 m.breining.edu
  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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