National Certificate In Tobacco Treatment Practice

National Certificate In Tobacco Treatment Practice

MaineHealth CTI’s Tobacco Treatment Education and Training Program is a nationally accredited provider of the core training requirements necessary to apply for a National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP), one of only 18 training programs across North America.

The required curriculum includes the one-day Tobacco Intervention: Basics Skills Training, the two-day Tobacco Intervention: Intensive Skills Training and the Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference. These trainings prepare individuals to meet the required core competency objectives in tobacco treatment practice as developed by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). ATTUD is the global organization of providers dedicated to the promotion of and increased access to evidence-based tobacco treatment for the tobacco user.

Core Competencies Include:

  1. Provide clear and accurate information about tobacco use, strategies for quitting, scope of the health impact on the population, and the causes and consequences of tobacco use.
  2. Demonstrate effective application of counseling theories and strategies to establish a collaborative relationship, and to facilitate client involvement in treatment and commitment to change.
  3. Conduct an assessment interview to obtain comprehensive and accurate data needed for treatment planning.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based treatment strategies.
  5. Provide clear and accurate information about pharmacotherapy options available and their therapeutic use.
  6. Offer methods to reduce relapse and provide ongoing support for tobacco-dependent persons.
  7. Demonstrate competence in working with population subgroups and those who have specific health issues.
  8. Describe and use methods for tracking individual progress, record keeping, program documentation, outcome measurement and reporting.
  9. Utilize resources available for client support and for professional education or consultation.
  10. Consistently use a code of ethics and adhere to government regulations specific to the healthcare or worksite setting.
  11. Assume responsibility for continued professional development and contributing to the development of others.

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Why Obtain NCTTP?

The NCTTP was created to standardize and unify tobacco competencies, knowledge, and skills on a national level and provide national, unified recognition of professionals who obtain this prestigious certificate. By obtaining the NCTTP, tobacco treatment professionals are demonstrating to employers, third party payers, and clients their advanced education in evidence-based tobacco treatment competencies, skills and practice.

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), in partnership with the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence, Inc. (ATTUD) and the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) is now offering a National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP).

Applying for NCTPP:

To apply for the certificate, the candidate must provide evidence of specific education and experience, including successful completion of a CTTTP – accredited Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program and hours of tobacco treatment practice experience following completion of the training. In addition, candidates must be tobacco-free for a minimum of six months and must agree to adhere to the Tobacco Treatment Provider Code of Ethics. Specific eligibility and application requirements may be found at .