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Certified Employee Assistance Professional

What is the CEAP®?
The Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP®) is the only credential that represents the employee assistance profession and is recognized world-wide by EAPs, employers, accrediting agencies, third party insurers and clients. The CEAP demonstrates ability and mastery of the body of knowledge required for competence in EA practice and recognizes those individuals who have met established standards and who adhere to a professional code of conduct designed to ensure the highest standards in the delivery of employee assistance services.

Established in 1986, the CEAP certification program is administered by the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC), an autonomous credentialing body established by EAPA to maintain and administer all aspects of the CEAP program.

The following is a brief overview of the eligibility requirements for earning your CEAP.

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CEAP Eligibility Requirements: There are two tracks for certification. When successfully completed, both result in the CEAP certification. Further explanations of terms (PDHs, Domains, Advisement) are contained in the handbook.

Track II: If you have a graduate degree in an area that is directly related to EAP (such as psychology, social work, MFT, or counseling), you qualify for Track II. The requirements are:

  • Work experience in employee assistance: At least 1,000 hours of paid employment or internship in an EAP setting completed over a minimum of 1 year. Experience must have been earned within the 10 years preceding the date of the CEAP exam application.

  • EACC PDH approved continuing education: 20 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) in three specified Domains: 10 PDHs in Domain I, 7 PDHs in Domain II, and 3 PDHs in Domains III. Domain I PDHs must include 2 hours of EAP ethics.*

  • Pre-approved CEAP Advisement: A minimum of 12 hours of advisement completed over a minimum 3-month period with a currently certified CEAP advisor.

  • Exam: Sit for and pass the CEAP exam.

Track I: All other candidates qualify for Track I. The requirements are:

  • Work experience in employee assistance: At least 1,000 hours of paid employment or internship in an EAP setting completed over a minimum of 1 year. Experience must have been earned within the 10 years preceding the date of the CEAP exam application.

  • EACC PDH approved continuing education: 60 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) in specified Domains: 10 PDHs in Domain I, 20 PDHs in Domain II, and 30 PDHs in Domains III. Domain I PDHs must include 2 hours of EAP ethics.*

  • Pre-approved CEAP Advisement: A minimum of 12 hours of advisement completed over a minimum 3-month period with a currently certified CEAP advisor.

  • Exam: Sit for and pass the CEAP exam. 


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    Note for Track I and Track II
    Domain I ethics requirement: All new CEAP candidates applying for initial certification must have completed at least two (2) hours of Domain I EAP ethics training as part of the PDH eligibility requirement. This training must have been specifically approved by the EACC to meet this requirement. As of August 2010 the only EACC approved course available to the general candidate audience is EAPA’s Elevating Ethical Awareness. This course is available periodically on the EAPA website Learning Center, at EAPA’s Annual World EAP Conference, and through the EAPA chapters and branches.