Core Trainings for Prevention Specialist Certification

Are you considering a career in Prevention Science? 

The following resources and foundational courses will help you on your journey to becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist:


U.S. Map of Prevention Specialist Certification Requirements Click Here

Select from the US Location map or use the lists on the page to view more details about IC&RC certification requirements for Certified Prevention Specialist fields.


Information About International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium's (IC&RC) Prevention Specialist Certification
Prevention Specialist Onboarding and Orientation Roadmap, New England PTTC   Click here

This New England PTTC resource is not specific to any one funding source or program. Although this roadmap has some information specific to the New England region, most of the information is applicable for all states/regions. This resource can be used by new preventionists, entering the field, in any federal, state, or locally funded prevention coalition, organization, or initiative.

Prevention Career Road Map: Career Guidance & Growth Resources, New England PTTC   Click Here

Are you working in the field of substance misuse prevention? Or maybe interested in exploring career options? Then check out these guidance and growth resources developed with a shared perspective to support the New England prevention workforce. Each area showcases a topic and strong science-based tools to assist new prevention professionals in getting orientated or those preparing for advanced careers. Select a roadmap circle to learn how to enhance your professional journey today!

PTTC's Ethics in Prevention Foundations: 6-hour Moderated Course  Click here

This 6-hour, moderated course is appropriate for individuals who need 6-hours of ethics to become certified. The course explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants.

6.0 Hours Certificate of Completion Available. Endorsed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) 

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is intended as an introductory level course; throughout the course of their careers, prevention practitioners will need additional and more advanced workforce development opportunities beyond the SAPST. The SAPST is a foundational course of study in substance misuse prevention and is intended for entry-level prevention practitioners working in states, jurisdictions, tribes, and communities; the training is also appropriate for professionals working in related fields. The SAPST is grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework and provides prevention practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.

Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (self-paced, online, prerequisite for in-person SAPST) 

How do I find a SAPST in my state? Please contact your state prevention administrators for upcoming in-person SAPST trainings.

The SAPST is endorsed by IC&RC's Prevention Committee as an IC&RC-approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable toward the education and training requirement for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential.

Participants completing the SAPST will receive two certificates of completion totaling to 31 hours of participation (5 hours for the online course and 26 for the in-person training).


Supporting Hispanic/Latino Individuals on Their Journey to Prevention Certification   Click here

Are you a prevention practitioner looking to become a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)? Do you identify as Hispanic and/or Latino or serve Hispanic/Latino communities through your prevention efforts? If you answered yes to both these questions, we’d like to invite you to participate in a training series designed to help you navigate this prevention certification process.

The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NHL PTTC) pleased to announce a six-session training series to prepare prevention providers from the Latino community for certification as a prevention specialist. The trainings will each be two hours in length and will take place between March-June 2023. NHL PTTC will accept and review applications from all interested individuals and will accept up to 30 participants into this training program.


Are you already a Certified Prevention Specialist?

These advanced courses and webinars may be beneficial for you:

PTTC's Ethics in Prevention Foundations - 3-hour Self-Paced Course  Click here

This 3-hour SELF-PACED course is based on the moderated Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners Course, but was designed for participants to do on their own. Individuals will explore the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas.

3.0 Hours Certificate of Completion Available


Mountain Plains PTTC's Advanced Ethics for Prevention Specialists - 2-hour Self-Paced Course Click here

The Advanced Ethics for Prevention Professionals course provide participants opportunities to refresh their understanding of the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, explore ethical issues related to prevention topics, and practice applying the Prevention Code of Ethics to real-life situations using an ethical decision-making process

2.0 Hours Certificate of Completion Available


Advanced Prevention Ethics: Focus on Social Media and Policy Click here

The Advanced Prevention Ethics: Focus on Social Medial Policy training is designed for advanced prevention professionals to explore the types of ethical dilemmas prevention practitioners face while working in the field, and the utility of the Prevention Code of Ethics in helping them respond appropriately. In particular, this course will focus on the application of ethical principles related to the use of social media in prevention work and the elements of a sound ethics policy for organizations and coalitions. The course is intended for experienced prevention professionals and will use role-playing, discussions, and didactic presentations to better understand the important role ethics plays in these two areas of concern.

The intended audience for this advanced course is prevention professionals who have completed a previous course in prevention ethics, are experienced prevention professionals, and maybe supervisors or in a senior position within their agency

Participants completing the training will receive a certificate for six (6) hours of participation. Participants can submit these certificates to their credentialing authority toward certification or re-certification


PTTC Advanced Ethiics Planning Seres Click Here

Professional ethical standards are based on values. Values are the basic beliefs that an individual thinks to be true and are also seen as guiding principles in one’s life or the basis on which an individual makes a decision. Join us for a deep dive into how creating equity in program planning is a fundamental ethical practice. The series will begin with a two-part discussion on the role of cultural humility and social justice in prevention ethics.


1. Summarize and apply the basic rules regarding ethics and professional behavior in prevention programming.
2. Recognize specific situations among colleagues in the workplace or within the community where ethics should guide actions.
3. Apply the code of ethics and decision-making process to different scenarios within the Strategic Planning Framework.

Session 1: Introduction to Advanced Ethics Cultural Humility & Cultural Competence View Recording

Session 2: Introduction to Advanced Ethics Social Justice & Ethics View Recording

Session 3: Equity in Data and Evaluation View Recording

Session 4: Ethics and Equity in Capacity Building  View Recording

Session 5: Ethics and Equity in Project Planning View Recording

Session 6: Ethics and Equity in Program Implementation View Recording


Are you interested in a degree in Prevention Science?

The Society for Prevention Research compiled information about Prevention Science graduate programs:

Graduate Programs in Prevention Science Link

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