Avoiding Simple Mistakes when Selecting the Right Online Alcohol Awareness Class

Avoiding Simple Mistakes when Selecting the Right Online Alcohol Awareness Class © 2012 Thomas Wilson

Internationally Board Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
If you received a citation for minor in possession or consumption of alcohol, then completing an alcohol awareness class is one of your court requirements. The courts will likely require you to complete an alcohol awareness class before releasing you from supervision.
However, a simple mistake such as choosing the wrong class or choosing the wrong online program provider could get you into even more trouble with the court.  If you want to resolve your case quickly, avoid these common mistakes.
Mistake # 1: Enrolling in an online alcohol class from a provider that does not have the proper credentials or is not accredited or approved to provide substance abuse education. 
Drug education or substance abuse prevention classes are taught by professionals who are certified or licensed in alcohol or drug education or counseling.  If you are unsure, ask for a copy of their license or credentials to provide to the court.   
Mistake #2: Enrolling in the wrong class.  Be sure to enroll in the right class that is required by the court. 
Normally these classes are called alcohol awareness or minor in possession classes.  Remember that a minor in possession class or alcohol awareness class is different than a DUI class.  If you are unsure or don’t know the exact name of the class, you should call the office of the program provider and ask for assistance. Licensed and credentialed course providers are happy to help you find the right class. 
Mistake #3: Enrolling in an online class without getting approval from your court or agency. 
A credentialed course provider will not encourage you to sign up unless you have gotten permission from the court or agency that requires the class.  Be sure you have permission from the court, agency or your attorney take the online class.  It’s always a good idea to call and get an OK. 
Mistake #4: Enrolling in the cheapest class. 
Just because the class is the cheapest, does not necessarily mean it will meet court requirements, or provide technical support. Some providers charge extra for certificates or other paper work required by the court. Inquire about all the cost involved in getting proof of enrollment, completion of certificates and mailing costs. Some providers make their money by charging inflated fees for services that are normally included at no cost by licensed or credentialed programs. 

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