Certified Prevention Specialist Requirements

CPS (Certified Prevention Specialist) – Important Changes!

The Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (MBSACC), the organization responsible for granting certification for prevention specialists (CPS), has a new website: http://www.mbsacc.com/. Information about the certification process can now be found on this site (under General Information, scroll down to the link for CPS).

MassTAPP would like to share a few of the significant changes to the requirements and process:
• In 2017, MBSACC will be transitioning from written exams to computer-based testing.
• For initial certification, distance learning (online) courses and trainings may now be counted for up to 30% of the total number of education hours required. Distance Learning accrued prior to January 1, 2017 is not admissible. (See p.3 of the “CPS Information and Requirements” document on the website)
• A breakdown of the categories of education hours required for certification can be found on p. 6 of the same document
• For recertification, 20 of the 40 education hours may be taken online. (See the “Prevention Recertification Policy” document)

As you plan to apply for certification or recertification, you may find the following documents helpful: