The CAP designation is a professional substance abuse credential for those persons who are assessing, developing, and providing substance abuse treatment services and plans.  The CAP requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.  Individual’s holding the CAP are recognized/hold the practice rights of “qualified professionals” per Chapter 397, F.S.

NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2015, all Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related field.  Related fields are shown in the table below. Individuals who have an application “in-process” prior to July 1, 2015 are still eligible to earn the CAP if a related degree is not held.

Individuals who believe their degree is in a related health or human service field but it is not listed below can request an equivalency review of their degree to determine if it is a related degree.  Please review and complete the CAP Related Degree Equivalency Review Policy & Application.

Degree Classifications Accepted for Certified Addiction Professional Applications

Addiction Studies/CounselingMental Health Counseling
Art/Dance TherapyMusic Therapy
Behavioral HealthcareNursing
Child Development/Family RelationsOccupational Therapy
Criminal JusticePastoral Counseling
Counseling/GuidancePharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
Divinity/Religion/Theology (only with a concentration in counseling)Psychology
Drama Therapy/Expressive Arts TherapyPublic Health
GerontologyRecreational Therapy
Health EducationRehabilitation Counseling
Health ScienceSocial Work
Human ServicesSociology
Marriage and Family CounselingVocational Counseling

The performance domains have been updated for the CAP, which has led to the elimination of the “supervision” domain.  As such, supervision is no longer included in the Content Specific Training or the On-the-Job Supervision requirements as follows:

  • Supervision training hours have been deleted (previously, 15 hours of supervision-related training was required for CAP certification.)  However, content specific training hours in two domains has increased to reflect this change.  Individuals applying for CAP certification after August 1, 2014 will have zero supervision training hours, 30 (instead of 20) Treatment Planning training hours, and 15 (instead of 10) Case Management and Referral training hours.
  • The total hours of on-the-job supervision have not changed; however, there is no longer a requirement for 20 hours of on-the-job supervision of the applicant performing supervision related job tasks.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your certification specialist directly.