To prescribe, administer, authorize for administration a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance in Alabama, Physician Assistants (PA) must obtain annually a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (QACSC).

A QACSC is specific to each registration agreement.

How to Apply/What Happens Next

Complete the application forms and submit with fee payment.

  • The application will be placed on the next Board agenda for approval.
  • After the Board meeting, approved applicants will be notified of approval/non-approval.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be in a registration agreement with a physician who holds and maintains a current, unrestricted Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate.
  • Submit proof of successful completion within the past 12 months of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 credits or equivalent that include the course “Prescribing and Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs: Current Issues and Strategies for Successful Patient Care” (8 credits) and four credits through a Board-approved course relating to advanced pharmacology and prescribing trends.
  • Have a minimum of 12 months of active clinical practice in Alabama.
  • Apply for registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration after receiving the initial QACSC.


Fees (Non-Transferable/Non-Refundable)

  • Initial QACSC: $110
  • Additional QACSC: $60
  • QACSC renewal: $60

Print receipts at the Licensee Portal

Renewal Requirements

  • QACSCs are renewed annually on or before Jan. 1 of each year.
  • QACSC renewals begin on Oct. 1 and are online only through the Licensee Portal.
  • As a requirement for renewal, applicant must:

NOTICE: The ACSC CME requirement was waived for all licensees for 2020. The two-year period to obtain two credits is extended by one year. If your two-year period was 2018-2020, it is now 2018-2021, 2019-2021 is now 2019-2022, and so forth. The two-year period for QACSC holders to obtain four CME credits is likewise extended.

List of Approved Prescribing Courses


No, DEA registrations are location-specific. Please see DEA Registration for more information.

The eight-hour course, “Prescribing Controlled Drugs; Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls,” is presented by the Board and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Please see the Medical Association’s CME & Events web page.

The four-hour course(s) must be approved by the Board. The approved courses are listed here.

No. As a QACSC holder, you have an existing CME requirement to which you must adhere [see Rules 540-X-12- .05(3) and 540-X-18-.05(2)].