The American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders has developed a comprehensive examination designed to test the applicant’s knowledge in the essential core domains of addiction treatment. In addition to fulfilling all of the American Academy’s educational and experiential requirements, applicants are also required to pass this examination to receive the CAS credential.
The examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. The exam is proctored and taken online. The exam questions represent five treatment domains within clinical practice, guidelines and protocols, and specialized training as defined by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England. The examination content (domains) include:
The examination includes all five of the Academy’s specialty areas; alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, disordered gambling, and sex addiction.
Once the completed application and the $195 application fee are received and approved by the Academy, applicants may sit for the examination. Applicants may prepare for this examination by studying contemporary clinical material in each of the five areas outlined above. An optional study guide is available for purchase. Please include $40 with your application to purchase the 80-page study guide.
The Certified Addiction Specialist Examination is an online, proctored examination administered by an approved testing center/proctor in your area. Candidates may schedule a time to take the exam once their application has been reviewed and accepted. Candidates are allowed three hours to complete the examination and the results are available within two business days from the testing date. The exam is pass/fail based on raw score. 100 out of 150 is a passing score. The raw score indicates the number of questions that were answered correctly. The minimum score required to pass the CAS exam is established by a committee of CAS subject matter experts, using the Angoff method. The Angoff method is a criterion-referenced methodology in which subject matter experts estimate the passing probability for each exam question. These ratings are averaged to determine the passing score. The exam must be proctored.
Once applications are reviewed and accepted, the examination fee will be due. Candidates who do not successfully complete the exam will be contacted and given the opportunity to re-test for the certification.