Physicians are required to apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Those physicians who want to treat more than 30 patients at any one time, must also take the 8-hour waiver course.

Important information regarding recent HHS announcement regarding waiver:

PCSS will update information on any changes to practice guidelines as information becomes available. SAMHSA has created a FAQ page to answer most of your questions about guidelines. Practice Guidelines can be found here.

Steps to Obtain your Waiver

Review information about the steps to complete the waiver process. The steps include:

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Take the 8-hour waiver course (see below). Note: The course is optional for physicians treating 30 patients or less.
  3. Submit your Notification of Intent (NOI) form and Certificates of Completion.

Training Formats for Physicians

Online 8 Hour Waiver Training

Physicians sign up for and complete an 8-module online course at their own pace. At the end of the course, participants are required to pass an exam with a 75% or higher before applying for their waiver.

Note: Microsoft is no longer updating Internet Explorer and as such it is not compatible with this online course. We highly recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser when completing this course.

Half and Half (In-Person) Training

Physicians sign up for and attend a 4 hour live training taught by a clinical expert in their area. Once completed, participants will receive the second half of the course – a 4 hour online self-study portion. At the end of the course, participants are required to pass an exam with a 75% or higher before applying for their waiver.

Half and Half (Webinar)

Physicians sign up for and attend a 4 hour virtual webinar via computer taught by a clinical expert. Once completed, participants will receive the second half of the course – a 4 hour online self-study portion. At the end of the course, participants are required to pass an exam with a 75% or higher before applying for their waiver.

8 Hour Full Day Training

Physicians sign up for and attend a full day training led by a clinical expert in various locations throughout the year. View calendar of events to search for upcoming 8 Hour in-person trainings in your area.

8 Hour Online Pediatric Waiver Training

This 8 hour fully online course was specifically designed for providers who specialize in pediatrics seeking to obtain the x-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The course focuses on adolescent opioid use disorder and consists of 6 modules and a 20 question exam at the end.