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The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) website is for individuals who are interested in obtaining and maintaining their Certified Prevention Professional (CPP), an international credential, or Associate Prevention Professional (APP), credential for entry level professionals.
We hope the information will be helpful to CPPs, APPs and others in the substance abuse and violence prevention fields.  Learn more about the benefits of obtaining a CPP or APP.
NEW: The CPP Application was revised April 2014 and is posted on this webpage. That webpage also includes an updated listing, "Guidelines for Acceptable Trainings/Classes/Courses To Fulfill the Prevention Education Prerequisites."

PSCBW Developing a New Prevention Curriculum
Save the Dates for Training
The State of Washington DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services awarded a contract to the PSCBW. The PSCBW will develop a new prevention curriculum that incorporates aspects of the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainings (SAPST) as well as relevant information related to coalition-building.

Two participant training events using the new prevention curriculum and one Training of Trainers (SAPST-TOT) will be held. The first participant training will be held:

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 - Thursday, October 2, 2014, Yakima

The other dates for the TOT and training will be:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Friday, June 19, 2015

Stay tuned for more information about these training events.



Updated Certified Prevention Professional Application


The PSCBW has updated its application to reflect changes made by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Please see the new application, which includes a broader focus on prevention.




International Certificates Available


The PSCBW issues certificates to CPPs and had also sent a free international certificate from IC&RC. Since July of 2012, IC&RC discontinued issuing free international certificates automatically to professionals.


If you're interested in receiving the IC&RC international certificate, please go the IC&RC website at The current cost is $25.