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Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training

About the training

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

Dates of the next TTS Training

  1. June 22 - 25, 2020. (Agenda). This course is full; registration is closed. 
    The June 22 – June 25, 2020 TTS Training in Worcester will now be conducted virtually using Zoom meeting platform due to COVID-19. For participants who had already registered for the June 2020 in-person TTS training, please let us know if you would like to 1) transfer your registration to an upcoming training in October 2020 or March, 2021) request a refund, or 3) attend a virtual training from June 22 – June 25, 2020 offered via Zoom. Please email us at with your preference.

  2. October 5 - 7, 2020 (Agenda and Hotel information). Registration deadline is September 14, 2020

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Who is eligible to apply

Any 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 basic skills course.
  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) and 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. For a list of organizations that have approved these CEUs and hours go to TTS Training CEUs and Hours.



Scholarships may be available for individuals working with certain at-risk populations in Massachusetts. Please contact us at for more information.

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

Saudi TTS
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. Addressing tobacco addiction has become a priority as we have worked to transform our health care delivery system. And with a greater focus on prevention. UMASS TTS training provides the skills and tools our health care providers need. They are able to improve their confidence and capacity to address tobacco dependence. The trainings have been especially important for our behavioral health providers.  These providers 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. For both our health care providers in Saudi Arabia but also to other gulf countries. UMass CTTRT is the first to provide our trainees with up-to-date evidence based and online access to tobacco treatment training. Over the last three UMass TTS trainings conducted in Saudi Arabia, we have trained more than 80 Saudi trainees. Some trainees have been 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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