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Colorado Certified Prevention Specialists sharpen their skills and expertise through continuing professional education. Education hours are a requirement for application approval and recertification.


 Prevention Certification Trainings

Please review the six domains below as well as the approved agencies/organizations and/or conferences below. All substance use prevention related trainings that are applicable to one or more of the domains below and are funded by one of the agencies/organizations and/or conferences may be considered for certification.

Also note that approved organizations offering training and conference sessions related to the credential’s six core domains may count toward required continuing education hours.

The six domains are:

  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Prevention Education and Service Delivery
  • Communication
  • Community Organization
  • Public Policy and Environmental Change
  • Professional Growth and Responsibility
The approved organizations and/or conferences are:

  • The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Community Prevention and Early Intervention
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment(CDPHE) (Communities That Care, Positive Youth Development, Marijuana Prevention)
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
  • Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL)
  • National Prevention Network (NPN)
  • The American Public Health Association (APHA)


For all other professional training and conferences for consideration toward CPS II applications:

The required criteria to determine if a training session, conference, class or other type of instruction will be accepted for continuing-education credit are:

It must relate to primary prevention.

It must relate to at least one of the six core domains.

Please note:

  • Without sufficient documentation and/or explanation, education hours submitted may not be approved.
  • Continuing education may fall under under more than one domain, and the Application Center’s digital forms are designed to allow you to list multiple domains.
  • All continuing education must be presented with sufficient, supporting documentation explaining how the education relates to primary prevention and one of the five core domains. The Application Center permits applicants to upload supporting documents.

Here are some general guidelines to help you determine whether a continuing-education opportunity is appropriate for the CCPS:

  • It is currently accepted by another IC&RC prevention-certification board.
  • It is currently approved for Continuing Education credits by another credentialing body, such as Undergraduate or Graduate credits and Certified Addiction Counselors (CAC).
  • It is endorsed by one of Colorado’s state agencies or departments, such as the Colorado Division of Human Services/Office of Behavioral Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. For a full list Colorado state departments and agencies, please visit: