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SUBSTANCE ABUSE PRACTITIONER

RECERTIFICATION

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CRITERIA FOR RECERTIFICATION

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Recertification by Continuing Education Hours

Certified members may elect this option for recertification. An application for recertification by continuing education hours must be completed. Information required on the application must be completed in full. The fee for recertification by continuing education hours is $ 200.00. Recertification is for a four year period.

Criteria for Recertification by Continuing Education Hours

  1. Candidates must have acquired evidence of 60 contact hours ( 1 contact hour = 50 minutes of study/lecture/learning activity. Contact hours must have been acquired within the four year period of active certification by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.
  2. Continuing Education contact hours must be acquired accordingly: at least 50% of hours must be directly related to substance abuse/addictions and 50% of hours may be related to other areas of professional practice.
  3. Candidates must have practiced their certification specialty for at least 500 hours of practice within the four year period of active certification.
  4. Applicants must submit copies of continuing education hour certificates or verifications. Copies are acceptable. If originals are sent, they are not returned.
  5. The AIHCP has approved the following types of programs/offerings for recertification by continuing education hours:

    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Continuing Education Courses
    • College Courses, on campus, online, distance education
    • Independent Study Courses
    • Publication in a peer reviewed journal
    • Presenter/Lecturer of a workshop, seminar or continuing education course
    • Instructor for a college level course
    • Submission of an approved thesis/dissertation related to substance abuse/addictions.
    • Serving on a hospital or organizational committee related to substance abuse/addictions.

Notes

One college semester hour credit = 15 contact hours of continuing education

One published article in a peer reviewed journal is equal to 25 contact hours of continuing education

Continuing Education credits for presenters/lectures/college faculty will be awarded for the actual number of hours of their presentation or college semester hour course. Credit is given one time, no matter how many times the applicant has conducted the lecture/presentation/course.

Continuing Education hours do not include: first aid, CPR, Advanced Life Support, hospital orientation, job orientation, product training's or non education meetings.

Thesis/dissertations must be from an established college/university. The topic must be directly related to the certification specialty. The thesis/dissertation must have been approved by the academic institution's faculty/committee and must have been written sometime within the four year period that the candidate was certified by the AIHCP.

Candidates who are applying for hours for committee work related to patient substance abuse/addictions can be awarded 5 contact hours for each year of committee participation. Participation must have been during the four year period that the candidate was certified by the AIHCP.

Candidates may submit an application for recertification up to 60 days prior to their date of certification expiration.

Candidates are given a 6 month "grace" period to apply for recertification. If the candidate does not apply during the 6 month "grace" period (grace period begins on the day of expiration of certification) then the candidate will need to petion for the ability to complete the recertification process, according to established policy.

Fellowship Program

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, provides a "Fellowship Program" for its Certified Substance Abuse Practitioners. Access Information.

February 2012