National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) in collaboration with The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) has announced the establishment of National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP).

This unified certification process is an important step to enhance the professionalization and recognition of tobacco treatment as a specialty. It provides a foundation for advocacy of health care insurance reimbursement for tobacco treatment services delivered by qualified providers. Click here to read more about ATTUD’s efforts to promote certification.

The National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP) will replace the varied certification programs that currently exist. Therefore, effective immediately the Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training will no longer issue the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification, and renewals will not be required.

The NCTTP application is available at and includes all the details you will need to complete and submit it. If you have any questions about NCTTP process please go to their FAQs page or contact; Yao Kouassi, NAADAC Certification Coordinator, at 703.741.7686 x136 or

Our staff at the Center will do all that we can to help you achieve the NCTTP. Below is a list summarizing the criteria that will be required on the application and the NOTEs highlighted below on how we can help. Candidates will be required to:

       1. Provide evidence of one of the following:
              a. High School diploma plus 4,000 (2 years full-time) of work in a human services position.
              b. Associate’s Degree plus 2,000 (1 year full-time) of work in a human services positon.
              c. Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

2. Provide evidence of successful completion of a Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program accredited by the Council  for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs. A current list of accredited Tobacco Treatment Specialist training programs can be found at:

NOTE: You will need a UMass TTS training 'documentation of completion'. Send your request to with “Document of Completion” in the subject line. Please allow up to two weeks to receive this as we expect high demand.

3. Document 240 hours of tobacco treatment practice experience following the completion of training.

NOTE:  All active UMass CTTS and CTTS-M may ask the Center to serve as the validator for tobacco treatment practice experience.

4. Self-attest to a minimum of 6-months tobacco-free including the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices. (i.e.: vaping, e-cigarettes, etc.).

5. Adhere to the Tobacco Treatment Provider Code of Ethics as described in the application

6. Application for the NCTTP test exempt will be available October 16, 2017 to May 15, 2018.

NOTE: After this phase, successful completion of an exam will be required. This will be in addition to the exam required to complete the UMass TTS Training Program. Case studies will not be required for either phase of the NCTTP.

7. Candidate must mail application and all supporting documents with the non-refundable application fee of $150 post marked no later than May 15, 2018.