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How to Become an Associate Prevention Specialist (APS) in Pennsylvania
Below are the requirements for becoming an APS in Pennsylvania based on the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) site.
- High school diploma or GED is required.
- 50 hours of education relevant to the domains of which six hours must be in prevention ethics.
- Education is defined as formal, structured instruction in the form of workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, college/university credit courses and PCB approved distance education.
- Education must be specifically related to the tasks within the prevention domains.
- Education in CPR/First Aid and computer learning will be acceptable for a maximum of six hours each.
- Three college credits are equivalent to 45 hours.
- Education, as defined above, applicant provides to others may also be used providing it is verified in writing by sponsoring school or agency.
- There is no time limit on the use of education for initial certification.
- One year (2,000 hours) of employment providing prevention services or supervisor of the same. Employment must have been gained within the last seven years.
- Applicant must be currently employed in a prevention position at the time application is submitted.
- If current employment is in an unlicensed facility, an agency brochure must be included.
- Current job description dated and signed by supervisor and applicant.
- 100 hours of on-the-job supervision specific to the prevention domains.
Supervision is a formal or informal process that is administrative, evaluative, and supportive. It can be provided by more than one person, it ensures quality of care, and extends over time. Supervision includes observation, mentoring, coaching, evaluating, inspiring, and creating an atmosphere that promotes self-motivation, learning, and professional development. In all aspects of the supervision process, ethical and diversity issues must be in the forefront.
- Signed, dated and notarized Application Acknowledgements.
- Applicant must either live or work in PA at time of application.
- Planning & Evaluation
- Prevention Education & Service Delivery
- Community Organization
- Public Policy & Environmental Change
- Professional Growth & Responsibility
Certification: $100 (fee must accompany application and materials)