Certified Prevention Specialist-Associate (CPS-A) is a credential for prevention professionals which is recognized in Indiana only. This is an entry-level credential for prevention professionals to validate their competencies in substance use prevention and to support workforce development in the prevention field.

CPS-A Requirements

  • None required
Education Hours:
  • 45 hours of prevention specific education is required.

Education and training hours are defined as workshops, seminars, institutes, accredited college/university courses, and other accredited education delivered in-person or on-line. Education hours must be accredited by approved providers who are state or national organizations granted authority to accredit education for credentialing and licensing purposes. You must show a certificate of attendance/completion that lists who has accredited the course for education hours when submitting the hours for approval. One (1) contact hour of education is equal to sixty (60) minutes of continuous instruction. 15 contact hours are given for each college semester credit. Therefore, a college course of three (3) credits is equal to 45 contact hours. 

Supporting documentation in the form of syllabus, course description, etc. may also be required to review content for acceptability. To be considered a valid training experience for the purpose of credentialing, education/training must be related to the knowledge and skill base associated with the performance domains outlined for this credential.

Skills Domains

  1. Planning and Evaluation
  2. Prevention Education and Service Delivery
  3. Communication
  4. Community Organization
  5. Public Policy and Environmental Change
  6. Professional Growth and Responsibility

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  • Three personal references
Code of Ethics:
  • The applicant must sign, and agree to abide by the ICAADA Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) Code of Ethics
  • Candidate must live or work in Indiana at least 51% of the time
  • Non-renewable (This credential is valid for 3 years from date of award)
    • Candidate is expected to earn the CPS credential during the three years of CPS-A credential validity
  • Membership: $125
  • CPS Exam: Member – $200 | Non-member – $400
  • Certification: Member – $100 | Non-member – $200