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CCAPP invites you to become a

California Certified Prevention Specialist (CCPS)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) “8 Strategic Initiatives,” and the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy have placed prevention in the forefront of health care reform efforts across the country. Local, state, and national organizations are struggling to keep up with the tremendous demand for new prevention professionals. Credentialed prevention staff ensure that programs and their funders are delivering on their mission of ensuring public safety and well-being. A thorough understanding of prevention and the latest evidence-based practices for treatment is the hallmark of a qualified professional. Let CCAPP help you reach your certification goals!


Requirements for applying for the CCPS Credential:

“I can make a difference in my community. Prevention is where everything starts. I want to be there and CCAPP has helped me to make that dream come true.”

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►One year (2,000 hours) of AOD prevention experience


►120 hours approved prevention education and/or training (50 hours AOD specific and six hours of prevention specific ethics education)

►120 hour practicum (specific performance domains )


►One professional letter of reference  (letter must attest to applicant’s knowledge, experience and character)


►Signed CCPS Code of Ethics

►Passing score on the IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist written examination

Fees and Discounts

Portfolio Review CCPS

►$178 Member

►$300 Non-Member

Written Exam

►$164 Member

►$240 Non-Member 


►$175 Member

►$645 Non-Member

►With CADC I/II $48

Benefits of CCAPP’s California Certified Prevention Specialist Credential:

►Opportunity to demonstrate specialized skills

►Widely recognized as THE credential for prevention professionals

►The pride that comes with saying, “I’m a CCAPP CCPS!”

To download a hardcopy initial application, click here.

Welcome to our new, online certification system, "Certemy." You will now be able to renew from your smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet with our new application platform.  Please enjoy this new member benefit: easier access, timely notification of renewal steps, and real-time updates of your certification status. Should you already have filled out a hardcopy application, you may upload it to Certemy. 

If you are a CCAPP certified counselor and have not used Certemy, please use the universal password Cert2017! (case sensitive). You will need to use the "forgot password function" to reset to a password of your choice after creating your profile for the first time.

Begin a CCPS Renewal Application

Resume your application in Certemy