Residential Aide Credential

residential aide student

The Residential Aide Credential is intended for persons seeking entry-level positions in the Chemical Dependency or Human Services fields, but who lack the experience and training needed for NYS CASAC credentialing or other employment. Residential Aides monitor behavior and activities in residential settings, and assist clients with daily living activities, care coordination, and group activities. Residential Aides provide support and supervision, but do not engage in counseling activities.


Thank you to the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, Cayuga Addiction and Recovery Services, and Catholic Charities for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates.


Printable version of credential checklist

ENGL 101  Academic Writing II (3 Credits)
HLTH 207  Drug Studies or HLTH208 Alcohol and Alcoholism (3 Credits)
PSYC 103  Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
CDSC 101  Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling or HUMS 105  Introduction to Human Services (3 Credits)
CDSC 210 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice or HUMS 114  The Process of Group Communication (3 Credits)


There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. The College has received a generous grant through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund to provide funding for Tompkins County residents to earn microcredentials. Our partners at Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center have grant opportunities available to financially assist residents in earning a microcredential. Several businesses in our community sponsor their employees. Financial aid is available to students that pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. These five courses can be applied towards the Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. degree or the Human Services A.S. or A.A.S. degree.