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Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW)

Recognizing Certified Prevention Professionals (CPP) since 2002
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APP Application Process
(An entry level certification for prevention professionals)

The Associate Prevention Professional (APP) is an entry level certification targeted toward students or beginning professionals who are learning prevention skills and entering the field.  An APP is a professional that uses specific knowledge and skill sets to provide services and/or programs aimed at preventing or reducing problems caused by the use of alcohol and other drugs.  The APP credential is designed to support an applicant’s progress toward becoming a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) in Washington State.

An APP will have half of their fee applied from their APP certification fee toward their CPP application fee. This is a one-time benefit. An APP with a lapsed certification will not be eligible for this benefit.We appreciate your interest in obtaining the APP credential.  For information about pursuing an APP, please use the current forms, revision date 7/1/2016 (as shown in next section).


Please read and follow the directions carefully.  The APP candidate portfolio/application is provided as a Word document so you may save the document as a separate file then fill in the form fields.


Please note that the APP application fee is $100. Please submit a check with your application. Or to pay by credit or debit card, please use this form or request it by contacting Jackie Berganio, PSCBW Treasurer, or 206-683-7972.


Please ensure your completed APP application is submitted to the following address:

Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington

PO Box 7172

Spokane WA  99207 



ALERT! Application Changes Went into Effect July 2016


The APP application requirements and forms have been revised. Expiration dates for APP education hours are being instituted. For details, see the Associate Prevention Professional and CPP Application Process links on our website. Details are provided on the APP application form. These changes went into effect July 1, 2016. APP applicants will be required to use the REVISED application form beginning July 1, 2016.




Renewal of Your APP


As stated above, a person may hold an APP for a two-year period then may renew the APP for one additional two-year period. The current APP renewal application packet (revised 3/15/2016) is available in two formats: 



The APP is not eligible for reciprocity with IC&RC. The APP certificate is issued for a two-year period and can be renewed for one additional two-year period.  An APP wanting to renew their APP status must show progress toward attaining the necessary ‘training’ and ‘work experience’ required to become a CPP. Following a renewal, an APP wishing to be certified in Washington State must apply for a CPP credential.  An APP can, however, submit an application to become a CPP at any time prior to renewal.




* NOTE: To access a Word file, it will appear in a new window. Should a dialog box appear, click cancel. To access a PDF file, you will need Adobe Reader then should save the document to your computer. If you need to download the free Adobe Reader, go to