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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.

Prevention Training

The next Washington Substance Abuse Prevention System Training (WA SAPST) will be September 29, 2015 through October 2, 2015 in Yakima. Please see below for details about the training and how to register. The fee is $25.

Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST)


September 29, 2015, 8:30 a.m. through October 2, 2015, 3 p.m.


Yakima Area Arboretum

1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima, WA 98901


The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) is pleased to provide this Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (WA-SAPST) based upon a national curriculum developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and further developed by the PSCBW through a contract with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (DBHR).

This is the new Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST) which is being offered in place of the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST). The WA-SAPST meets the training requirements for Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities. The WA-SAPST was updated to include material relevant to prevention practitioners in Washington State. The main focus of the WA-SAPST is to train the participants in implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) within Washington State. Participants will be asked at the conclusion of the WA-SAPST to provide feedback regarding the WA-SAPST.

Participants must successfully complete a 4-hour on-line basic prevention training prior to being admitted to the WA-SAPST. Therefore, the participant must have access to a computer with internet capability. Registrations must include your preferred email address so your registration can be confirmed and so you can receive instructions to the on-line training, post-test and certificate of completion. 

The following is the agenda of the WA-SAPST subjects that are covered:

Day 1

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

An Introduction to the SAPST

·         Training Overview and Logistics

Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice: 

·         Behavioral Health, Continuum of Care, Public Health Approach, Risk and Protective Factors, Developmental Perspective

·         Introduction to the Strategic Prevention Framework

·         Sustainability

·         Community Coalitions and the Coordinator Role


Day 2

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Strategic Prevention Framework

·         Step 1: Assessment (including state data sources)

·         Step 2: Assessing Capacity


Day 3

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Strategic Prevention Framework

·         Step 2: Building Capacity

·         Cultural Competence

·         Step 3: Planning (including resources for finding evidence-based strategies)


Day 4

8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Strategic Prevention Framework

·         Step 4: Implementation (including focus on environmental strategies)

·         Step 5: Evaluation

Bringing It All together and Training Feedback

Registration deadline is Friday, September 22, 2015; however, PSCBW may decide to accept registrations after that based on the availability of space.

Training Fee: $25 check, credit card, debit card, money order or cash. Bring this with you to the training and you will be provided a receipt. Make check payable to “Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington.”


Trainers: This new WA-SAPST training will be facilitated by prevention professionals who have extensive experience in the prevention field.

Attendance and Certificate of Completion:  Participants are required to attend 3 and 3/4 days of the training. Upon completion, each participant will be awarded a certificate. The PSCBW has approved hours for this WA-SAPST to be used toward the application for a Certified Prevention Professional or Associate Prevention Professional credential. Public school personnel may be eligible to obtain school clock hours pertaining to this training through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction or through their Educational Services District.

To Register:

  1. Send an email titled Yakima WA-SAPST Registration to Alan Zeuge, PSCBW, (note: there is an underscore_between the y and the a)

  2. In that email provide:

    1. Your name

    2. Your agency/organization (if applicable)

    3. Your preferred email address

    4. Your preferred telephone number including area code

    5. Your mailing address

    6. For public school personnel only: will you be requesting school clock hours? If so, by September 4th, provide the name and contact information of the person in your school district that authorizes clock hours.

  3. Alan Zeuge will acknowledge receipt of your email and let you know of your registration status and provide you with instructions for completing the on-line pre-course.

  4. Cancellation: If your registration is confirmed and you find that you must cancel, please be considerate and let Alan know as soon as possible so others may be offered admission to the training.


Please direct questions about this training to Alan Zeuge, PSCBW:


  • Telephone at cell (509) 688-9476


·         Email at: (note: there is an underscore_between the y and the a)


For more information regarding: (a) training and certification see


Funding Source

This training is supported by funds from the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services – Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).



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.