Credential Overview

Summary, CEAP, EAS-C, SAP

 Summary

EAP experience
required?
Master's degree or above
in an EAP-related field required? 
Credential type
CEAP Yes No Certification
EAS-C No Yes Certificate of Recognition
SAP No No Qualification

  Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) Credential

What is it?

  • A certification awarded and administered by the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC) since 1986.
  • Held by established and emerging EAP experts around the world, It is the only credential that demonstrates knowledge, experience, and expertise across the entire EAP body of knowledge.    
  • Candidates demonstrate they can analyze and apply key principles to real-world workplace and personal challenges to the benefit of both the work organization and the employee.

Who is eligible to earn it?

  • Individuals who already have EAP experience;
  • Meet the requirements as outlined in the CEAP candidate handbook; and
  • Pass a detailed psychometrically validated exam.

Where do I begin?

  • Read the CEAP Candidate handbook (requirements, cost and process information are included);
  • Join EAPA to save at least $225 during your candidacy (membership is optional);
  • Register as a CEAP candidate; and
  • Complete CEAP Candidate Initial Training.

 Learn more: Watch interviews with EAPA Board member Kaoru Ichikawa and EACC Commissioner Paul Tewksbury, and see what 825 CEAPs surveyed in 2015 say about the credential.


 Employee Assistance Specialist Clinical (EAS-C) Certificate of Recognition

What is it?

  • Role-specific training designed for mental health professionals who provide EAP assessment and short-term counseling services via their private practices.
  • The course empowers mental health professionals to customized their EAP client services in ways that benefit the client, EAP company, workplace, and the clinician.
  • Certificate of Recognition program: No exam or continuing education requirement.

Who is eligible to earn it? 

  • Mental health professionals with a license for independent clinical practice in the USA, who are currently in private practice. 

Where do I begin?

  • Join EAPA to network with others who do similar work and receive member discounted registration rates
  • Review course information;
  • Register for the online or in-person version of the course.
Learn more: 8 Reasons To Become An Employee Assistance Specialist Through EAPA; 

 Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

What is it?

qualification process that allows individuals to provide SAP services as part of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing programs. Continue to U.S. DOT publication...

Who is eligible to earn it?

Where do I begin?