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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, the Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training no longer issues the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification, and renewals are not 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 the NCTTP application 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 NOTE highlighted below on how we can help. Candidates will be required to:

STEP 1: Submit the NCTTP application for approval. Requirements include:

  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'. If you successfully completed training after October 2018 this document was sent to you with your exam score. If you need a duplicate or completed training before October 2018 send your request to with “Document of Completion” in the subject line. Please allow up to two weeks to receive the document.

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

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.  Candidate must mail application and all supporting documents with the non-refundable application fee of $150.

STEP 2: Pass the NCTTP examination within one year of application approval.

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