Prevention Specialist Certification

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Earning the Prevention Specialist Certification allows prevention professionals to demonstrate mastery of the required competencies necessary to implement successful prevention programs.  

About the Prevention Specialist Certification

The internationally approved Prevention Specialist Certification focuses on six work competency domains including Planning and Evaluation, Prevention Education and Service Delivery, Communication, Community Organization, Public Policy and Environmental Change, and Professional Growth and Development.  In addition, certified Prevention Specialists sign an ethical code of conduct.

Benefits of certification include:

Supporting prevention professionals to pursue certification is a top priority for the Prevention TTASC.  In its first year, TTASC doubled the number of Certified Prevention Specialists in Connecticut.  TTASC provides an overview of the prevention certification and the application process, training in the required prevention domains and competencies, and study sessions to help applicants prepare for the exam.

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) identified the prevention workforce competencies needed by prevention professionals and established the requirements to demonstrate these competencies: work experience, education and training, supervision and the successful completion of a rigorous examination.  For more information about the IC&RC, the international Prevention Specialist Certification, and the IC&RC Prevention Specialist Study Guide.

The Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) is the IC&RC representative board in Connecticut which administers the application process that certifies applicants to sit for the international exam. The CCB also ensures that training/continuing education provided in Connecticut by approved vendors meets established standards. To obtain a Prevention Specialist Certification application or information about the CCB’s training and support services for the Prevention Specialist credential, please visit: