Tobacco Training Programs at Our Center
Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program
The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training is the cornerstone of the educational activities in the Center. The program began in 1999, offering training exclusively to Massachusetts providers. In 2001 it was expanded to include participants from outside of the state. And in 2003 we began providing the training at out-of-state venues.
The TTS training includes two components:
Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - This is a self-paced, online course. It's designed for health workers who want to be well-grounded in the theory and practice of working with tobacco users. It also provides an introduction to the basic concepts of tobacco treatment. This course can be completed as a stand-alone course and is a pre-requisite for the TTS Core Training.
TTS Core Training - This is an intensive 4-day, in-person, evidence-based training program. It's designed for persons who deliver moderate to intensive tobacco treatment services within a health care or community setting. The curriculum addresses a set of core competencies for tobacco treatment specialists. The core competencies were first defined by the Massachusetts Certification Steering Committee in 1998. Later, they were further defined by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).
Note: Before completing TTS core Training and obtaining a certificate, participants must complete Basic Skills for Working with Smokers training. The participants of TTS core Training must score 75% or better on the final quiz in the Basic Skills course. More information on this is included in the Basic Skills course.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Accreditation. University of Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program is accredited by Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). The Umass TTS training program provides equal opportunity and access to all applicants. Regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and veteran's status. The University of Massachusetts adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.
The Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) program is an intensive 2-day training. It's designed for qualified participants wishing to become Certified UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Trainers. Certified UMass TTS Trainers will be eligible to coordinate and deliver the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Training. Once certified, the Certified Umass TTS Trainers can conduct the TTS core training at a site of their choosing. Applicants must be affiliated with a non-profit agency that wishes to train local health care providers. The T4 training is offered once a year in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Center also offers a selection of other trainings for health care providers. The trainings are for providers offering a range of tobacco treatment services, from brief interventions to intensive treatment. In addition to our scheduled trainings, we can deliver our TTS Core Training at your location. We can develop a customized training to meet your needs. We also have a list of tobacco treatment specialist continuing education opportunities. These are brief continuing education credit offering trainings and opportunities offered by the Center. We have also listed continuing education credit opportunities offered by several other tobacco treatment organizations.