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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we receive relating to being awarded the nationally-accredited Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) credential awarded by Breining Institute.
Q: How long do I have to take the RAS ACE Exam?
A: You have up to one year to take the RAS ACE Exam from the time that you complete the Exam Request Form (either on-line or using the paper form) and pay for the Exam. You can sign up for the Exam by using the on-line form here: Exam Request Form
Q: How do I document my work experience?
A: Have your supervisor, employer, or human resources (HR) department write a letter on company letterhead documenting work experience. One year is equivalent to 2,080 hours.
Q: Does my work experience have to be from my current place of employment?
A: No. We will accept previous work experience as long as it can be documented.
Q: Can my 160 supervised hours and other hours of work experience be documented with the same letter?
Q: Where can I complete my education?
A: Any approved or accredited college. There are over 400 institutions of higher learning throughout the United States and Canada from which eligible RAS candidates have received their qualifying education. You can find a list of most of those schools at the "Education Providers" link at the bottom of the www.breining.edu Home page.
Q: How can I document my education?
A: Official or unofficial transcripts.
Q: How many college units are equivalent to the required education hours?
A: 1 semester unit = 15 hours; 1 quarter unit = 10 hours
Q: Does continuing education count toward the 155 or 450 hours needed for certification?
A: No. The formal education hours must be obtained through formal education documented with transcripts from an approved or accredited college.
Q: Does my education still apply if it was from 5 to 25 years ago?
A: Yes, as long as it is from an approved or accredited college, includes the subject areas required, and you have transcripts as documentation.
Q: Does Breining Institute offer an education course that meets the 155-hour formal education requirement for the RAS Certification?
A: Yes, we offer a 170-hour "Fast Track" education program that may be completed entirely through distance learning. Visit our web site at www.breining.edu and select the "FAST TRACK education program" at the bottom of the Home page, call us at 916-987-2007, or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Q: Does Breining Institute offer an education course that meets the 450-hour formal education requirement for the RAS II certification?
A: Yes, we offer a 450-hour "Professional Track" education program that may be completed entirely through distance learning. Visit our web site at www.breining.edu and select the "College" link at the top of the Home page for more information about this program, call us at 916-987-2007, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Must I have already completed all my education and work experience before I can take the RAS exam?
A: No; we have an "In-Progress" option available. You may send in your exam request form with the exam fee to receive your study material and take your exam. When you have completed all of your work experience and formal education, send your documentation to us. Once we have confirmation that you passed the exam and documented your work experience and education, we can certify you as an RAS, RAS II, RAS III or M-RAS, whichever applies.
Q: How can I submit my exam request form and information?
A: On-line at www.breining.edu at the "Exam Request - ON-LINE form" link at the bottom of the Home page. This on-line form allows you to submit all of your qualifying documentation, including your photograph for your Profile page. Or, you may submit the Exam Request and documentation with a paper form, available at the "Exam Request - PAPER form" link.
Q: What do I receive once I send in the exam request form with my money?
A: The Exam fee includes the examination, a PDF version of The Addiction Professional, 2nd Edition (a 528-page comprehensive study guide), relevant excerpts from The MAT Counselor in PDF format, and an On-Line Tutorial to help you prepare for the exam.
More information is available at the Breining Institute web site at www.breining.edu by selecting "The RAS Credential" link at the bottom of the page. We also invite you to e-mail us at Certification@Breining.edu or call us at 916-987-2007 whenever you have questions and when we may be of assistance. We look forward to hearing from you.