New Hampshire

HHS Region: Region 1 - New England 

Title: NH Certified Prevention Specialist

References / Recommendations:

  • Three (3) Letters of Reference are also required, with one letter coming from the applicant’s Supervisor.
  • The remaining two letters must come from colleagues with a clear understanding of prevention services.

Educational / Training Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution (or completed educational waiver packet)
    • *Certified Prevention Specialists Candidates without a bachelor’s degree must complete an Educational Waiver Packet demonstrating additional experience and training hours.
  • A minimum of 120 hours of education related to the Performance Domains with a minimum of 50 hours specific to ATOD abuse prevention
    • *No more than 40 of the 120 hours can be applied from undergraduate/graduate work. 
  • Six hours of NH Prevention Certification Board-approved Prevention Ethics
    • *Ethics training must be completed within the year prior to an applicant applying for certification. 

Prevention Experience: A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) related experience in the International Certification Reciprocity Prevention Performance Domains.

Supervised Prevention Experience: A minimum of 120 hours of supervised practical experience, with a minimum of 10 hours in each Performance Domain.

Code of Ethics: The Code of Ethical Standards must be signed and notarized.

Recertification Requirements: Re-certification is required every two years.  Documentation of 40 hours of continuing education is needed at the time of each re-certification.  This includes 34 hours of continuing education in the six domains and an additional 6 hours from an approved ethics training; for a total of 40 hours of CEUs. Re-certification ethics training can include any ATOD-related ethics workshops.

Certification & Licensing Board: New Hampshire Prevention Certification Board (NHPCB)

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