Q.What is scope of prevention this credential covers?

Currently, the Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist (CCPS) credential is for professionals providing services in the field of prevention. This professional uses specific knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate programs aimed at precluding or reducing problems for individuals, systems and communities.

Q.Does the 2,000 hours (one year) of employment providing prevention services over the past seven years have to be continuous?

No. Employment does not have to be continuous. Two thousand hours of cumulative employment, either part-time or full-time, will meet this requirement. All employment must be documented; a short description or statement from the organization is adequate.

Q.Does a supervisor have to be a CCPS to sign off on the supervision hours?

No. Supervisors do not have to have the CCPS credential. Supervision is broadly defined. No further explanation or documentation of the type of supervision is required other than the signed Supervision page included in the application. Additional hours of supervision, over the minimum requirement (120 hours), are not required.

Q.If an applicant is an executive director of an organization, who should sign off on his or her supervision hours?

The president or representative from the board of directors can sign off on supervision.

Q.How strictly defined is the six hours of prevention-specific professional ethics requirement?

It is understandable that obtaining a substance-abuse-prevention ethics course is difficult to obtain. While it is ideal to obtain a prevention-based ethics course, other ethics courses may count towards this requirement (i.e. HIPPA, confidentiality, boundaries, etc.), pending appropriate documentation. The six hours do not have to be consecutive. For example, one might participate in a three-hour training on one date and another three-hour training at another point in time to meet the minimum six-hour requirement.

Q.Will my participation in forums and conferences count toward my Certification education hours?

Yes, past and future sessions from ADAD/DBH/OBH forums, CADCA conference sessions, EDULE conference sessions, NPN conference sessions, and APHA conference sessions — which relate to one or more of the five domains — will count towards Certification education hours.

Q.Does CPR/First Aid training count towards education hours?

Yes, education in CPR/First Aid and computer learning will be acceptable for a maximum of six hours each.

Q.Is there a limit on the time frame in which training and education has been obtained?

No. There are no time restrictions on training and education. However, all training must be documented. There is some flexibility for what documentation of trainings look like, but all documentation should clearly state the applicants name, training title and number of training hours for the training.

Q.Are webinars an acceptable form of training?

Yes, webinars are an acceptable form of training. All training hours may have been obtained in an online/web-based setting. All webinars must be documented. Certificates of completion can be used to document participation. If certificates were not awarded, one should contact the organization who provided the training regarding participant documentation. If documentation from the web-based training provider cannot be obtained, a supervisor may provide documentation stating the applicant participated in the given training; however, please note that documentation must include the applicants name, training title, and number or hours of the webinar/training.

Q.If an incomplete application is submitted, such as the minimum training hours are not met, can one still obtain the CCPS credential during the grandfathering period without testing?

There may be some allowance to correct errors in an application, such as missing documents or lack of training hours; however, this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Q.If one provides training, or teaches a class, does that count toward accepted training/education hours?

Yes, training/education hours may be considered if an applicant is a trainer in a given topic as long as appropriate documentation is provided (course title, hours, etc.)

Q.Does providing additional training/education hours benefit an application during the approval process?

Yes and no. Hours over the minimum requirement are not necessary and do not increase an individual’s chance of getting his or her application approved. If an applicant provides additional hours and a documented training or class does not count for the minimum 100 hours of training/education, the review board will consider the additional training/education documentation until the 100 hours are met. Providing additional training/education documentation may avoid delay in the CCPS credential process.

Q.Is a bachelor’s degree a requirement to become a CCPS?

No, a bachelor’s degree is not required for becoming a CCPS; however, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.

Q.Do individuals submitting applications during the CCPS grandfathering period (August 1, 2013 – October 29, 2013) have to take the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) written examination?

No. Individuals applying for the CCPS credential during the grandfathering period will not be required to take the IC&RC written examination. However, if an individual allows their credential to lapse without applying for recertification every two years, he or she will be required to complete a new CCPS Application and must pass the IC&RC written examination before obtaining the credential again.

Q.How long is the CCPS credential valid for?

To maintain the high standards of this professional practice and to assure continuing awareness of new knowledge in the field, recertification is required every two years.

Q.Does an individual have to be working in the prevention field at the time of their CPS recertification application?

No. Individuals must be working in the field of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention at the time of initial application for the CPS credential. One does not have to be working in the prevention field when applying for recertification at any point in time.

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