Alcohol and Drug Exam Preparation Resources

Congratulations on being ready to sit for your certification exam!  This is a big step in your professional development and continued involvement in working within the behavioral health services field.   As the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services profession has evolved over the past few decades, the education and credentialing requirements have steadily increased to further ensure that professionals are recognized as a legitimate, important, and vital part of the behavioral health field.   Your commitment to your profession and the steps you have taken in your role as a SUD treatment provider can only be enhanced by securing your state certification.  Furthermore, credentialing is a vital component for billing and reimbursement in most treatment facilities.   Therefore, it is our sincere hope that the ATTCs across the regional areas can assist and support you in advancing your career as a SUD professional.  So whether you are new to the field or have years of clinical experience, please take the time to prepare for this important credentialing process.


Study Tips and Preparation:

  • Know your learning style
  • Understanding the performance areas or domains in the exam
  • Familiarize yourself with multiple choice testing 
  • Familiarize yourself with case study questions
  • Use practice exams
  • Schedule your study time
  • Use summary notes and flash cards
  • Study with a colleague or co-worker


On the day of the exam

  • Start with a positive attitude
  • Arrive early
  • Listen to instructions
  • Preview your exam
  • Manage your time
  • Use deep breathing
  • Answer easy questions first
  • Read slowly and carefully
  • Read all the answers
  • Don’t expect to know all the material
  • Avoid changing answers
  • Use process of elimination
  • Don’t let others intimidate you
  • Be careful using the answer sheet


Alcohol and Drug Exam Preparation Courses:

We will be offering three-day online training courses on the following date:

  • September 11-13 Lower Brule Community College Chamberlin, SD
  • November Alaska (date and location TBA)
  • December 4-6, AASTEC, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Additionally, ATTC will be offering, by request, 3-day face to face trainings for staff and facilities interested in participating in this type of training face to face in the coming year.