Board of Addiction Professionals South Africa (BAPSA) Membership

April 11, 2017



Want to be a member of the board that offers the best services and benefits for addiction professionals in SA?


The Board of Addiction professionals South Africa was formed with two primary objectives in mind: Firstly providing professionals who specialise in the field of addiction their own board of membership that provides professional status, as well as holds its members accountable to a high level of ethics and legal responsibility in the addiction field. And secondly to promote proper training and education to professionals in the addiction field to ensure that people suffering from addiction can receive the best possible care in our country. 


BAPSA bases its policies and education standards on the example of global standards of Evidence Based Practices (EBP's), Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP's) and Technical Assistance Publications (TAP's). Becoming a member of BAPSA is a statement and commitment to continue to evolve and develop in a field that is still advancing daily. BAPSA offers many services to its members including ongoing professional support, employment referral, professional networking, education to name but a few.



BAPSA Services

  • Membership

  • Employment Referral

  • Addiction Professional Education Referral

  • Professionals Support

  • Professional Status

  • Workshops & Seminars

  • Education Provider Approval

  • Facility Approval

  • Professionals Networking

  • Addiction Treatment Services Referral

  • Affiliations

  • Updates on Latest Treatment Improvement Protocols

  • BAPSA Magazine & Newsletters

  • Addiction Resources


Joining BAPSA


BAPSA Membership is for Addiction Professionals supporting continuous training and education in the addiction field. Members of BAPSA agree to uphold the highest level of ethics, legal and professional responsibilities in the field of addiction in South Africa. Being a member of BAPSA is a statement and commitment to strive for excellence.


Apply now to become part of the movement to professionalize the addiction field in South Africa. BAPSA aims to set a standard we can be proud of, ensuring that people suffering with the disease of addiction can receive world class professional help as a matter of course. Members of BAPSA make it their priority to continuously evolve and learn, be responsible and protect the integrity of the addiction treatment profession in South Africa. Any level of addiction professional can apply for membership to BAPSA. 


BAPSA Membership Levels


Level 0 Student

No Experience or education, starting as volunteer or trainee or applying for addiction education.


Level 1 Peer Recovery Coach

(Matric) and 6 months (1000 hours) with minimum 30 Hrs CEU Peer Recovery, and Certification (ACCSA Peer Recovery Coach, IC&RC Peer Recovery, NAADAC National Peer Recovery Support Specialist or equivalent).


Level 2 Student Addiction Counsellor

Certificate and 6 Months (1000 hours) experience.


Level 3 Addiction Counsellor

Advanced Certificate (ACCSA Addiction Counsellor, IC&RC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, NAADAC National Certified Addiction Counsellor or equivalent) and 3 Years (6000 Hours) experience, or Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma with education/training and 1.5 Years (3000 Hours) work experience in addiction counselling.


Level 4 Addiction Professional

Postgrad Diploma or Bachelors degree upwards, and 5 Years (10000 hrs) exp in addiction field.


Level 5 Addiction Clinical Supervisor

Postgrad Diploma or Honors degree and 5 Years (10000 hrs), 200 hrs supervision, or Bachelors Degree and Certification (ACCSA Addiction Clinical Supervisor, IC&RC Clinical Supervisor, NAADAC National Clinical Supervision Endorsement or equivalent).


Level 6 Professional Addiction Counsellor

Postgrad Diploma or Honors degree and between 5 Years (10000 hrs) exp and certification (ACCSA Professional Addiction Counsellor, IC&RC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor II, NAADAC National Certified Addiction Counsellor II or equivalent).


Level 7 Professional Co-Occurring Disorder Counsellor

Postgrad Diploma or Honors degree and 5 Years (10000 hrs), (5000-6000 COD specific) and certification (ACCSA Co-Occurring Disorder Counsellor, IC&RC Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional, NAADAC National Endorsed Co-Occurring Disorders Professional or equivalent).


Level 8 Professional Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist

Masters degree and 3 Years (6000 hrs) experience and certification (ACCSA Professional Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist, IC&RC Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate or equivalent).


Level 9 Addiction Prevention Specialist

Masters degree and 2 Years (4000 hrs) experience and certification (ACCSA Addiction Prevention Specialist, IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist or equivalent).


Level 10 Professional Addiction Specialist

Masters degree and 2 Years (4000 hrs) experience and certification (ACCSA Professional Addiction Specialist, IC&RC Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, NAADAC Master Addiction Counsellor or equivalent).


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