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NESAP

NATIONAL ENDORSED STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONAL (NESAP)

 

The National Endorsement Examination for Student Assistance Professionals (NESAP) is intended to standardize competencies and to recognize nationally a high level of effective clinical practice in treating adolescent substance use disorder/addiction.  

Why should you obtain the NESAP Endorsement?

  • Position yourself for career advancement and increased salary potential.
  • Distinguish yourself as a practitioner who has specialized in student assistance assessment and treatment.
  • Demonstrate to clients, employers, and 3rd party payors your commitment to quality care by verifying through endorsement the skills and competencies you have developed through years of student assistance work experience and course work.
  • The NESAP credential reflects a commitment of the highest ethical standards for Substance Use Disorder/Addiction professionals.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor expects the demand for Substance Use Disorder/Addiction Counselors to grow by 22% by 2024. 
 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor issued by a state or credentialing authority.
  • At least 4,500 hours of supervised experience (volunteer or paid) in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction, to include at least 3,000 hours of direct service delivering student assistance services.
  • At least 100 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects including six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 70 hours must be related to student assistance services. At least 50% of the 70 hours must be face-to-face training.
  • Passing score on the NESAP examination within four years of the application.

Application Requirements

  • Copy of Bachelor's Degree or higher transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Evidence of a current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor issued by a state or credentialing authority. Evidence of 4,500 hours of supervised experience in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction, including at least 3,000 hours of direct service delivering student assistance services.
  • Evidence of at least 100 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology), including six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 70 hours must be related to student assistance services. At least 50% of the 70 hours must be face-to-face training.
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.
  • Payment of $235.00 non-refundable application/certification fee.

Fees

Examination Details

The National Endorsement Examination for Student Assistance Professionals is a computer-based examination composed of a maximum of 100 multiple-choice, objective questions with a total testing time of two (2) hours.

The examination will be weighted in approximately the following manner: Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances (15%); Counseling Practice (50%); Theoretical Base of Counseling (20%); and Professional Issues (15%).

Testing Schedule

All NCC AP examinations are now available throughout the month at a date and location convenient for you! You now have more flexibility and opportunity to get your national credential than ever before. Locate a Testing Center in Your Area

Test Preparation Materials

Re-Credentialing Requirements

  • NESAP Renewal Application
  • Evidence of a current state-issued credential/license.
  • 20 hours of continuing education every three years.
  • Provide work history for the three years prior to renewal.
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and ahderes to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.
  • Payment of $200.00 non-refundable renewal application/certification fee. See full list of costs and fees