OASAS Credentials

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Essentials About the CPP & CPS

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)  is committed towards ensuring that state based counselors and practicioners providing direct care and services are compentent and ethical in their work and skilled in meeting the needs of today's society. 

Subsequently, OASAS issues professional credentials for individuals working in the area of prevention.  These include:

  • Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP)
  • Credentialed Prevention Specialists (CPS)

What is the CPP & CPS?

The CPP and CPS are intended for individuals who provide alcohol and substance abuse PREVENTION services in approved work settings. You should consider pursuing the CPP or CPS if your work experience is based on a comprehensive, multi-dimensional prevention services approach which includes the following five performance domains: Planning and Evaluation; Education and Skill Development; Community Organization; Public and Organizational Policy; and Professional Growth and Responsibility.  

What are the Requirements?

In order to become a CPP or CPS in New York State, you must: 


The first step in the credentialing process is the submission of a CPP/CPS Application to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services' (OASAS) Credentialing Unit. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will remain active for five years from the date of postmark.

Upon receipt by the OASAS Credentialing Unit, your application will be reviewed to ensure that the minimum eligibility requirements have been satisfied. Based on the findings of the review, your application will be determined to be either approved or incomplete. 

Approved Applications

When your application is approved, you will be eligible for admission to the examinations administered during the five-year period that your application is active. Admission to each examination will require submission of an examination fee. You will be mailed an approval letter and directed to complete and return to the OASAS Credentialing Unit a CPP/CPS Examination Registration Form and examination fee.

Incomplete Applications

If your application is determined to be incomplete, you will be mailed a CPP/CPS Application Review Summary identifying any deficiencies. Once you have satisfactorily addressed the identified deficiencies, your application will be approved.

If you are unable to address the identified deficiencies by the end of the five-year period that your application is active, your application will not be approved. In order to be considered to become a CPP or CPS in the future, you will be required to submit a new application, associated documentation and an additional application processing fee.

  Where Can I Apply?

Applications are available on the OASAS website and can be completed online or via postal mail.  You can find access to both options here.

Fee Schedule

All fees are non-refundable and must be made payable to "NYS OASAS". Personal checks can only be accepted for renewal of a credential.  All other fees must be made in the form of a certified check or money order. 


  • Application Processing Fee: $100
  • Credential Upgrade Fee:  $50
  • Computer Based Examination Fee: $170
  • Examination Retest Fee: $170
  • Renewal Fee:  $150
  • Renewal Late Fee:  $25 for every six-month period, or part thereof, past the expiration date of your credential

Where Can I Obtain Additional Information?

If you would like to obtain more information about the OASAS credentialing process, you can visit their website here.

If you would like to browse a listing of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the OASAS website here.