The Certified Prevention Specialist credential is a beginning-level certification. Any advanced certifications adopted by the NH Prevention Certification Board in the future will require candidates to possess a CPS. Those seeking to work in substance use prevention should aspire to fulfill the requirements of the Certified Prevention Specialist.

The purpose of prevention certification is to recognize and ensure that substance misuse prevention practitioners meet competency standards established by the International Certification Reciprocity, Consortium (IC&RC) and the New Hampshire Prevention Certification Board.

The Prevention Certification Manual contains the requirements, procedures and forms for the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). The manual & application forms for Certified Prevention Specialist are currently available for download in a Microsoft Word format on their website at

All experience and education is based on the five IC&RC Prevention Performance Domains. They are:

  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Education and Skill Development
  • Community Organization
  • Public and Organizational Policy
  • Professional Growth and Responsibility

The job tasks for each Performance Domain are detailed in the IC&RC section of the manual.


Recertification for the Prevention Specialist is every two years and requires an additional forty (40) hours of continuing education in the area of ATOD prevention.

For more information, please see the NH Prevention Certification website at or contact