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Every two years
Continuing Education (CE) requirements:

40 hours in specific subjects
(see list to the right)
Six (6) hours of CE in Clinical Supervision topics must be included in the 40 hours of CE
Ten (10) hours of CE in Ethics topics must be included in the 40 hours of CE
RAS Interns (RASi)
40 hours in any related subjects, including courses taken toward qualifying for RAS exam
Must maintain underlying professional certification or license, and must complete 6 hours of CE within the Specialty subject


CE Subjects

Understanding Addiction
(at least 6 hours)
Treatment Knowledge
(at least 6 hours)
including 3 hours in
Communicable Diseases
Application to Practice
(at least 6 hours)
including 3 hours in
Special Populations
Professional Readiness
(at least 6 hours)
(at least 10 hours)
Prevention of Sexual Harassment
(at least 3 hours)
Any other related subject
(which will bring your total to 40 hours)
A fuller description of the CE Subjects
can also be found below
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On-time Renewal
$75 for on-time renewal
(on-time renewal is up to one year before your renewal date)
Late Renewal
$150 up to 1 year late
$225 between 1 & 2 yrs late
After 2 yrs late, must
retake qualifying exam
Renewal fees are the same for RAS, RAS II,
RAS III, M-RAS, CSC, MCA, FAC, MATC, CCDS and CWTS, as well as RAS Interns
You pay only one renewal fee, regardless of how many of the credentials that you hold. For example, if you hold the RAS, MCA and CSC, your total on-time renewal fee is still only $75.

  On-line Renewal  
  Paper Renewal  
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
"Clinical Supervisor Credential" and "CSC" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 66826, Class Number 41
"Master Counselor in Addictions" and "MCA" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 66746, Class Number 41
"Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor" and "MATC" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 66622, Class Number 41
"Forensic Addictions Counselor" and "FAC" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 66627, Class Number 41
"Certified Co-occurring Disorders Specialist" and "CCDS" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 67864, Class Number 41
"Certified Women's Treatment Specialist" and "CWTS" credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 67863, Class Number 41

Additional explanation of CE Categories

  Understanding Addiction (6 hours required) - 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 (6 hours required, including 3 hours in Communicable Diseases) - 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 (6 hours required, including 3 hours in Special Populations) - 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 (6 hours required) - 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; and understanding of procedures for handling crises or dangerous situations.


  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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