For those who are already Certified Prevention Specialists (CPS) they may attain the new ACPS when they renew.
The application may be found at http://www.tcbap.org/associations/5070/files/CPSadvancedApplication.pdf
Or by going to www.tcbap.org and clicking on “Certification” and then “Forms To Download.” Scroll down to Advanced CPS.
The Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS) is an International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) at the CPS level only. The ACPS is a TCBAP credential to recognize prevention specialists who have completed additional degree work. The ACPS credential upgrades and standardizes qualifications of those working in the area of prevention throughout Texas. The ACPS shall be viewed as a fully qualified specialist in the area of prevention and able to provide these services independently or with minimal supervision, to the degree allowed by applicable laws, statutes and regulations. The ACPS is designed to be appropriate for those professionals currently practicing in the prevention field. An ACPS is a health care professional who has been certified by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) as having been adequately trained to provide prevention education training. Prevention services shall be within the limitations of all applicable state and local statutes. An ACPS is also an individual who adheres to the ethical principals set forth by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP).
The minimum requirements for certification of an ACPS shall include academic achievements, work experience, formal training, plus satisfactory completion of a written examination.
A. Formal Training: Applicants must provide documentation of two hundred (200) prevention education hours. Fifty (50) hours must be titled as specific Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) training. Six (6) of these hours must be Ethics education specific to Prevention.
B. Education and Experience: Applicants must provide documentation of either:
Associates Degree plus 10,000 hours (approximately five years) of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention work experience. Forms are included in the application package on which the work experience and education verification should be documented. Please send official transcripts to verify degree.
Bachelor’s Degree plus 4,000 hours (approximately two years) of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention work experience. Forms are included in the application package on which the work experience and education verification should be documented. Please send official transcripts to verify degree.
C. Ethics: All applicants for certification as an ACPS must sign and agree to comply with the ethical standards as set forth in the Texas System of Certification for the ACPS credential. All professional ethical complaints must be resolved prior to certification.
D. Written Test: All applicants for certification as an ACPS must complete and satisfactorily score a passing grade on the IC&RC International Written Prevention Specialist Examination.
E. Practicum: All applicants must show documentation of a one hundred twenty (120) hour supervised Practicum with a minimum of ten (10) hours in each of the five Prevention domains: Planning and Evaluation, Education and Skill Development, Community Organization, Public Policy and Environmental Change, and Professional Growth and Responsibility.
F. Residency: All persons who apply for the CPS certification through the Texas Certification Board should be a resident of Texas. At least fifty percent (50%) of the applicant’s work should be done in the State of Texas. Exceptions to the residency requirement will be considered on an individual basis by petition to the Texas Certification Board.
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