SAE and SAS FAQs

What is the process for SAE Protocol Training?

  • Contact S.A.E. Psychological to obtain an Applicant Package (Package will contain requirements for information related to educational and experiential components)
  • Complete the Applicant Package and return to S.A.E. Psychological
  • Applicant Package will be forwarded to the SAE-SAS Protocol Review Committee
  • A decision will be forwarded to the applicant regarding acceptance or missing components required for entry
  • Accepted applicants will be provided with the appropriate training material links
  • Applicants have 3-months to complete the materials review and write an online exam
  • Applicants that obtain an 80% or greater score will be certified and receive said certification
  • Failed exams are allowed one re-write and if a second fail occurs there is a required 6-month wait period and fee re-payment for an additional re-write

Individuals seeking SAS Protocol Training will be required to complete the SAE Training first.

Who designed the SAE and SAS Protocols? 
Both of these protocols were developed and copyrighted by Dr. J. P. Streukens, Ph.D.(Ed), M.Ed., R.Psych, SAP. The copyright is held by Dr. Streukens & S.A.E. Psychological.

What does the fee to register cover? 
The fee to register covers the initial application review, online access to all training presentations, and access to all training manuals, examination, and scoring.

What are the standard rates in the “Recommended Fee Guide” based upon? 
The Assessment costs are based upon the standard of practice in Western Canada at this point; these are standard fees being charged by the providers of this service; some charge more some a bit less. The rationale for the fee structure alteration exists within the variation of this program from a standardized SAP assessment. This is a more comprehensive assessment than the typical SAP assessment which is why the charges are higher.

If our company/group wanted an overview to the program, who could we contact? 
Connect with Dr. J. P. Streukens.

I don’t receive near the suggested “recommended fee guide” rates for conducting an assessment by the EFAP providers that I conduct this work for and they state it is not in their budget to pay this. What are your thoughts about this? 
The National EFAP’s are aware of the new designations and one of them is looking to credential their personnel across Canada. Another EFAP already conducts assessments under a differing acronym and charges upwards of $1000.00 per assessment in Western Canada. Their fees to the clinicians conducting the assessments are significantly lower than the amount invoiced to the corporation; what you receive as  a clinician is between you and the provider.

What is the purpose for an SAE to seek consultation from an SAS? 
An SAS is required to hold a Master’s level education and extensive substance disorder experience inclusive of inpatient or outpatient facilities. This person holds an expertise in substance disorders that allows for case consultation on each assessment. In addition, a fitness for work statement is made in an SAE report. The SAS will sign off on each SAE report to provide further development to the SAE and quality control of services to companies.

I have seen medical doctors, EFAP programs, US-DOT SAP providers, “Canadian SAP” providers, and now the SAE/SAS Protocol as options that conduct safety-sensitive workplace assessments. How do these differ?

  • Medical Assessment–generally the highest cost assessment and not readily available to most parts of Canada; employees are often required to fly into major centres for these assessments which adds to the overall pricing.
  • EFAP/Provider Developed Assessment–these assessments offer no guarantee related to clinician credentials, training, or experience in the substance disorders field. Many of these clinicians are under-qualified and utilize either a C-SAP or C-SAE acronym which is from internally developed programs with no screening or external licensing body oversight.
  • US-DOT-SAP–this credential is recognized and acknowledged as the required standard when conducting work involving the US-DOT Regulated industries. There is no statement of definition as to what an experienced substance disorders professional consists of and as such, individuals with limited experience can possess this designation.
  • SAP (unregulated)–this credential can be used by anyone; in Canada the term SAP is not protected and as such anyone can state they are an SAP without any training, experience, or professional oversight to their work. This is clearly the highest risk group to be employing for conducting safety-critical work. They are often the least expensive option to organizations however if/when an incident occurs, this is not likely the credential a company would want representing them in a court case.
  • SAE/SAS Protocols–these credentials set requirements based upon education and experience as pre-qualifiers for their respective training programs. Applicants’ credentials are checked and screened to ensure the applicant is well versed in the field of Substance Disorders. As a quality control measure and to offer further development, all SAE’s are required to have an SAS sign off on their assessments. This option provides organizations with the comfort of knowing they have employed ONLY qualified individuals with competent objective oversight. All assessments are standardized to ensure fairness and reduce the potentiality of discriminatory claims against an organization.

How does the SAE program differ from the US-DOT SAP program? 
When working with an SAP, it is the organization’s responsibility to request all information related to the individual’s qualifications and certification. The SAP has informal oversight with no National Register. The training to become an SAP is primarily focused on US-DOT Regulations for the six industries covered under its program. The SAP is asked to complete 12 CEU’s every three years (again it is the organization’s responsibility to ask proof of this). An SAP does not provide a fitness for work statement and only one reporting structure. For an SAE or SAS, S.A.E. Psychological requires a “pre-screen” prior to the candidate proceeding with the training and examination. Any individual having been trained in the SAE or SAS Protocols has met a particular qualification, experience, training, and passed an examination.  An SAE/SAS can provide a fitness for work statement and offers three different reporting structures based upon the Privacy Act.

Do I need to have a local supervisor? 
All SAE’s are required to have an SAS consult and sign-off on their assessment reporting. This can be telephonically or through online meeting structures and does not necessarily have to occur face-to-face.

Who pays for the consultation with the SAS or does this come out of the fee the assessment? 
The fee for consultation with an SAS comes from the SAE. The “Recommended fee Guide” is simply a guideline that SAE’s and SAS’s can use to structure their costs of services.

Why should I seek a SAE / SAS Protocol Training?
SAE and SAS training is for those who want to expand their knowledge and qualifications to provide professional assessments for organizations and companies in the corporate community. Both of these Protocols were developed and copyrighted by Dr. J. P. Streukens only.

What is a SAE or SAS assessment?
A SAE assessment is a clinical evaluation related to an employee’s substance patterns across all substance areas. The evaluation includes standardized testing and reporting (ideal for safety sensitive organizations). The assessments provided are standardized to the degree that diagnostics drive the recommendations. This reduces the potential of any grievance based on an allegation of discrimination. Typically, individuals that are having employment related difficulties, a positive substance test, or a violation of a company’s substance policy would be referred for to a SAE or SAS for an SAE assessment by the individuals employer, union, organization, company or other agency.

I was able to find information on the cost of training but can you tell me more what the training involves?  When? How long? etc.

The SAE Program covers the following topics:

1. Welcome & Copyrights
2. Protocol Introduction
3. Addiction Studies
4. Substances
5. Assessment
6. Reporting
7. Testing & Supervisory Education
8. Performance Management & Supervisors
9. Abuse & Dependency Treatment
10. Relapse Prevention
11. Relapse and Extended Treatment Planning

Every approved candidate has three months access to this information before writing their exam. The examination (1.5-hours in length) can occur at any point within the three month time frame but cannot go beyond the three months. The materials consist of a training manual and 10 video presentations.

Is the SAE Examination similar to that of the US-DOT SAP Exam in that is it an “Open Book” Examination?
Yes, the SAE Examination Protocol is a 1.5-hour “Open Book” Examination. The exam is unidirectional; that is to say that once an answer is provided it cannot be altered. The exam is of a multiple choice, matching, and true/false format. There is a requirement to receive an 80% score for a pass grade and all candidates are permitted one re-write with their initial application. Any candidate that fails the exam twice is required to wait a period of six-months and then re-submit fees to have an additional re-write.