ICAADA Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) is a credential for prevention professionals recognized by the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and IC&RC affiliated states and countries that offer the IC&RC CPS credential. This is an experienced level credential for those working in the prevention field to validate their competency, and experience, in substance use prevention.

CPS Requirements

  • 2,000 hours of professional prevention work experience specific to the Prevention Specialist Skills Domains
  • 120 hours of direct supervision specific to the Prevention Specialist Skills Domains  with a minimum of ten hours in each  skills domain
Education and Training:
  • 120 hours of prevention specific education is required.
    • 24 hours of 120 hours must be alcohol, tobacco, or other drug specific.
    • 6 hours of the 120 hours must be specific to prevention ethics.
    • 6 hours in cultural competency

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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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.

Code of Ethics:
  • The applicant must sign, and agree to abide by the ICAADA Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) Code of Ethics
  • The applicant must sign, and agree to abide by the ICAADA Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) Code of Ethics
  • 40 hours of CPS domain specific education during the period of certification (2 years), Including 3 clock-hours in Prevention specific ethics education and 6 clock-hours in Cultural Competency education
  • Membership: $125
  • Exam: Member – $200 | Non-member – $400
  • Certification: Member – $100 | Non-member – $200

The CPS credential meets the International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium requirements for the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential.  Please visit IC&RC reciprocity page and learn more about reciprocity and how this credential may be eligible for other IC&RC Member Boards credentials.