Prevention Changes

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Connecticut Certification Board, Inc.

eNews 12/16/2013

CCB Announces Changes to Prevention Application and Examination

Wallingford, CT - After completion of a new Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the Prevention credential, the IC&RC has developed a new examination which is now being administered. The new examination will include the following six 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

In addition to the new Communication domain, the former domain of Education and Skill Development has been changed to Prevention Education and Service Delivery. The new JTA also broadens the scope of a Prevention Specialist from focusing strictly on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) to encompassing aspects of mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

The CCB will also adopt changes to the application requirements to be in line with the minimum standards required by the IC&RC. The most noticeable change is in the credential title and acronym, moving from Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) to Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) effective January 1, 2014 (the IC&RC urges all certification boards to adopt the titles and acronyms used internationally). After the first of the year, all new credentials and renewals will carry the CPS acronym. It does not change the renewal requirements, serving only as a technical change.

The most significant change to the minimal standards is in the education requirement, where a total of 100 hours of prevention-specific education is now required, with no less than 50 hours being specific to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD), and 6 hours of prevention specific ethics. A total of 120 hours of supervision is still required, with at least 10 hours received in each of the 6 domains identified above. The CCB application materials are being updated to reflect these changes.

For information on the changes or overall credentialing process, please contact the Connecticut Certification Board at The new Prevention Specialist Candidate guide is available HERE.

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