Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training | Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training UMass Medical School Worcester

About the training

The TTS Core Training is an intensive 4-day, in-person, evidence-based training program designed for persons who deliver moderate to intensive tobacco treatment services within a health care or community setting. The curriculum is designed to address a set of core competencies for tobacco treatment specialists first defined by the Massachusetts Certification Steering Committee in 1998 and further defined by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).

Dates of the next TTS Training

  1.  April 8 - 11, 2019(Agenda and Hotel Information). Registration deadline is March 18, 2019.
  2.  June 17 - 20, 2019. (Agenda and Hotel information to be posted soon). Registration deadline is May 27, 2019.

Who is eligible to apply

The course is designed for health workers who want to master the necessary core competencies for providing evidenced-based treatment for nicotine dependency. The following criteria must be met before attending the core training:

  1. Completed Basic Skills for Working with Smokers course or be registered for either the online or in-person course before you register for TTS Core training.
  2. Completed Basic Skills for Working with Smokers course either online or in-person at least 2 weeks before starting core training.
  3. You must be tobacco-free for six months prior to attending core training.

We offer; CHES/MCHES (22.5 CEUs), Social Workers (22.5 CEUs), Mental Health Counselors (22.5 clock hours), RNs/LPNs (22.5 contact hours) and a general certificate of completion (22.5 total hours) for all other participants. To view a list of the organizations that have approved these CEUs and clock hours go to TTS Course CEUs and Clock Hours.



More TTS Training Information

  1. Goals and Objectives
  2. TTS Core Competencies

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Training Experience in Pictures


Guidelines for Systems and Professionals


Cognitive and Behavioral Treatment Strategies


Intake, Assessment and Treatment Planning

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Motivational Interviewing: Learning the Basics


Pharmacotherapy for Treatment of Tobacco
Use Disorder


Determinants of Tobacco Use Disorder

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Saudi Arabia Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Class 2012

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Worcester MA, Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Class 2017

What People Say About Us & Our Program

I attended the TTS training in June 2018 and had a great experience. Thank you for putting on such a great week! I will be sending 3 more representatives from Indiana in September 2018 thanks to a grant my organization has received to build capacity among health systems to treat tobacco use

Rachel Kimmel,MPH
Indiana Hospital Association
Indianapolis, IN

The Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training and the Training for Trainers has been invaluable to our community. Our county has a higher rate of tobacco use than our state or the nation, and addressing tobacco addiction has become a priority as we have worked to transform our health care delivery system with a greater focus on prevention. UMASS’s TTS training provides the skills and tools our health care providers need to improve their confidence and capacity to address tobacco dependence. The trainings have been especially important for our behavioral health providers who see the need to address tobacco but frequently lacked skills to feel confident in addressing it.

Jennifer Webster, MA, MPH
Sr. Community Health Analyst
Prevention Program, Lane County Public Health

Having UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training is a historical event not only for our health care providers in Saudi Arabia but also to other gulf countries. UMass TTS is the first to provide our trainees with up-to-date evidence based and online access to tremendous helpful resources in tobacco treatment. Over the last three UMass TTS trainings conducted in Saudi Arabia, we have trained more than 80 Saudi trainees and some others from Kuwait and Bahrain. UMass TTS is becoming the cornerstone in tobacco training in our region.

Mohammed AlAhmari, PhD, RRT, CTTS, FAARC
Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences
Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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