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Announcing... a new online course for CEAP© certification, approved by the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC). The modular-based, self-paced certification course is packaged into five modules and includes standardized online coursework that expands knowledge and skills by providing users with new and updated industry information, techniques and best practices. 

It features a simpler user interface to improve the user experience and provides four pathways with different pre- and post-requirements, depending on education level and EAP experience. Additionally, it provides more control by allowing users to proceed at their own pace, and more flexible scheduling by enabling them to focus on shorter, self-contained units. Read on for an overview, then click here for more detailed information!

Important Notes:

  • All New CEAP Candidates are now welcome to begin the CEAP Refresh process!
  • CEAP Candidates currently in the Legacy Exam pipeline (i.e., those who have already applied for initial certification) have been sent an email detailing the available options for completing their CEAP Certification/Recertification process. A response is required by November 30th. Didn't receive it? Email certification@eapassn.org for assistance.
  • Reminder: Membership in EAPA includes discounts on training for the CEAP credential!

CEAP Pathways:

To earn the CEAP Credential, new CEAP candidates must meet prerequisite criteria under one of the following 4 CEAP Pathways:

  • Masters with Experience:  Candidate has a Master’s Degree in an approved clinical discipline and has completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of EAP work experience (paid or unpaid) within 10 years preceding the date of CEAP certificate course application. 
    • Pre-requisite: NONE (Note: Proof of Degree and Work Experience must be submitted before purchasing access to the Online CEAP Learning Modules)
    • Post-requisite: NONE
  • No Masters with Experience: Candidate has less than a Master’s Degree in an approved clinical discipline and has completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of EAP work experience (paid or unpaid) within 10 years preceding the date of CEAP certificate course application.  
    • Pre-requisite: 20 PDH’s on mental health and substance use assessment and referral (typically Domains II and III) within 3 years preceding the date of CEAP certification course application. (Note: PDH certificates and proof of Work Experience must be submitted before purchasing access to the Online CEAP Learning Modules)
    • Post-requisite: NONE
  • Masters with No Experience: Candidate has a Master’s Degree in an approved clinical discipline but has not completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of EAP work experience (paid or unpaid) within 10 years preceding the date of CEAP certificate course application.  
    • Pre-requisite: 20 PDH’s on EA Service delivery (typically Domains I and II) within 3 years preceding the date of CEAP certification course application. (Note: Proof of Degree and PDH certificates must be submitted before purchasing access to the Online CEAP Learning Modules)
    • Post-requisite: Designated a CEAP Intern until completion of 500 hours of EAP work experience (paid or unpaid) or a combination of EAP work hours and up to 24 hours of group mentorship (see group mentorship guidelines and schedule) with qualified CEAPs (listed in the Verify a CEAP directory as being in good standing) within 2 years of completing the course. Additionally, 20 PDH’s (no domain requirement) per year to be completed.
  • All Other Candidates: Candidate does not have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree and has not completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of EAP work experience (paid or unpaid) within 10 years preceding the date of CEAP certificate course application. 
    • Pre-requisite: 40 PDH’s with 20 hours on EA Service delivery (typically Domains I and II) and 20 hours on mental health and substance use assessment and referral (typically Domains II and III) within 3 years preceding the date of CEAP certification course application.  (Note: All PDH certificates must be submitted before purchasing access to the Online CEAP Learning Modules) 
    • Post-requisite: Designated a CEAP Intern until completion of 500 hours of EAP work experience (paid or unpaid) or a combination of EAP work hours and up to 24 hours of group mentorship (see attached group mentorship guidelines and schedule) with qualified CEAPs (listed in the Verify a CEAP directory as being in good standing) within 2 years of completing the course. Additionally, 20 PDH’s (no domain requirement) per year to be completed.

Course Modules:

The course includes interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, self-assessments etc. and is comprised of the following five (5) modules:

  • Module One: EAP Fundamentals
  • Module Two: Compliance & Ethics
  • Module Three: EAP Assessment & Risk Management
  • Module Four: Organizational Services and Optional EAP Support
  • Module Five: Program Management & Applying Innovation to the Field

At the end of each module the candidate sits for a 45-minute assessment exam comprised of 30 questions. A passing score of 80% or higher on each module assessment is required for obtaining CEAP certification or recertification.

Pricing is as follows:

  • CEAP Initial Registration Fee:
    • $125 EAPA Member Rate
    • $150 Non-Member Rate
  • CEAP Online Course Learning Modules - Bundle of All Five Modules (formerly CEAP Exam Fee):
    • $295 EAPA Member Rate
    • $395 Non-Member Rate
  • CEAP Three-Year Activation Fee:
    • $225 EAPA Member Rate
    • $325 Non-Member Rate

Why the Change?

  • “This CEAP certification ‘refresh’ is the result of a multi-phased approach reflecting the latest developments in the field, new challenges in a changing business landscape, and our determination to use technology to simplify access and improve the user experience,” said Dr. Ian B. Quamina, EACC Chair. “We also wanted to develop a tool that addressed the widest range of needs: re-certification and professional development for established employee assistance professionals, and certification for people just entering the field. Thanks to EAPA’s advocacy and broad communications outreach, we expect that the ‘refresh’ will have a significant impact on making employee assistance professionals fully prepared to address today’s most pressing business challenges and raising awareness of EAP’s central role in delivering positive workforce outcomes.”    

  • “The EAP field is continually evolving to meet the needs of a workplace, that has changed dramatically since COVID has ushered in new challenges and levels of uncertainty,” said Julie Fabsik-Swarts, EAPA CEO. The new CEAP certification course equips employee assistance (EA) professionals with the most up-to-date tools, knowledge and methodologies to improve lives better and make businesses thrive. It is also further demonstration of EAPA’s ongoing commitment to supporting EA professionals in their important work and vital role in helping drive business transformation.”

Ready to Start?

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Questions? Contact certification@eapassn.org