Accelerated Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program

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Program Overview

The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Comprehensive Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program provides education on evidence-based research ranging from pharmacotherapy, population-based issues and targeted tobacco treatment intervention skills. The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence TTS Program offers updated evidence based education available in a flexible and enjoyable format. Participants can expect to leave the training competent to effectively treat patients for tobacco use disorder and to provide services that will help organizations to address tobacco use. Our program welcomes participants from different backgrounds and ideologies. The program embraces and appreciates the diverse culture of participants. We shall not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. After finishing the course, participants earn a training certificate, which is the first step in obtaining the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification.

Spring 2024 Training Format

  • Our TTS Program consists of self-paced online courses, recorded video modules and 3 days of live sessions via Zoom. The pre-work is distributed over a two-week period to allow for flexibility for attendees.
  • The pre-work will take approximately 10 hours to complete, but you are able to complete at your own pace.
  • We do ask that all registered attendees have access to a computer with a webcam as this training is highly interactive. The training instructors will ask for attendee participation throughout lectures and group training activities. Additional pre-training instructions, including how to access the live virtual program, will be emailed prior to the start of the program.
  • Note: The online portion, TTS Training Part 1, must be completed before attending the 3 day live virtual session.
  • Please note: if you have completed the Essential Skills Training or any of our online courses in the past you still need to complete the online TTS Training Part 1.
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Program Cost

Cost for the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program is $500 for Maine Residents and $650 for non-Maine Residents, to be paid by credit card upon registration. Tuition includes access to all online and virtual course sessions, program materials and resources and CE credit processing.

Program Accreditation

The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Training and Education Program is fully accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). This program provides curriculum based on a set of core competency standards for tobacco treatment specialists developed by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) within these 11 areas:

  1. Tobacco Dependence Knowledge and Education
  2. Counseling Skills
  3. Assessment Interview
  4. Treatment Planning
  5. Pharmacotherapy
  6. Relapse Prevention
  7. Diversity and Specific Health Issues
  8. Documentation and Evaluation
  9. Professional Resources
  10. Law and Ethics
  11. Professional Development


Completion of this course fulfills the training requirement for the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification. Please visit the NAADAC website for additional information about the certificate.

Continuing Education Information

  • Earn up to 24.75 CME and CEU credits.
  • Participants must come on time and be in attendance for the entire designated live virtual sessions via zoom.
  • Please grant MaineHealth 7-10 days to confirm and process attendance in CloudCME prior to logging into the system to complete the post-program evaluation and download CE Certificate or General Attendance Certificate.
  • Partial credits will not be issued to participants arriving late or leaving early.
  • Please stay tuned for approved credit information.

Benefits of Completing this Program

  • Acknowledgement of having acquired a recognized, comprehensive skillset
  • Improved employability and career advancement opportunities
  • Complete curriculum online, so learning is self-paced and flexible
  • Network with other professionals
  • Join an elite group of tobacco treatment champions
  • Understand the basics of nicotine dependence and why it is so hard to quit
  • Gain skills and knowledge to provide accurate health education
  • Provide motivation to individuals who use tobacco to quit
  • Learn how to develop evidence-based treatment plans, provide effective follow-up and train others to provide tobacco treatment

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