Residential Aide Credential

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Find a meaningful career in residential support services! The Residential Aide Credential is a great fit for you if you’re seeking entry-level positions in the Chemical Dependency or Human Services fields, and need the experience and training necessary 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. Upon completion of this credential, you can expect to develop effective communication skills and knowledge of entry-level work in the helping field. 

Searchable job titles may include: 

  • Chemical Dependency Residential Assistant 
  • Disability Service Provider Residential Assistant 
  • Direct Service Provider 


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. Regional employers that typically recruit for these roles, include: 

  • CARS 
  • Alcohol and Drug Council 
  • Unity House


The Residential Aide Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires you to earn a passing grade in five courses, which can typically be completed in two semesters. 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. Courses are available in a variety of formats. 

View the Program Requirements and Search for the listed Course Descriptions.


There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. Apply today!