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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.

Substance Abuse Prevention Training - Registration Now Open

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) has been awarded funding from the State of Washington DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) to hold Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention System Training (WA-SAPST) events in Washington State for 2016-2017.  

The first WA-SAPST event was completed in Yakima on October 4-7, 2016.

The next WA-SAPST will be held March 14-17, 2017 at Shoreline Conference Center in North King County. Registration will open in early 2017. Please stay tuned for the flyer and registration information.

The WA-SAPST meets the training requirements for Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities.


If you have any questions, contact: Jackie Berganio by email at or by phone at (206) 683-7972.


Changes to Applications Now in Effect

ALERT! The CPP and APP application requirements and forms have been revised. The number of education hours required for the CPP have been reduced, sub-category requirements have been revised, and expiration dates for accepted education have been established. Expiration dates for APP education hours are also instituted.
For details, see the Associate Prevention Professional and CPP Application Process pages on our website. These changes are effective July 1, 2016.

New Prevention Exam Study Guide

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) announced the availability of a new Prevention Study Guide that is now available for free to candidates preparing for their IC&RC Prevention Specialist examination. 

The Prevention Study Guide summarizes key concepts and strategies including:

  • public health approaches to prevention in behavioral health
  • prevention theories and strategies
  • strategic planning for prevention
  • cultural competence in prevention
  • coalition development
  • communication strategies
  • ATOD-effects of drugs on the brain
  • ethical issues in prevention

The second half of the guide is comprised of practice activities including sample questions (along with an answer key and explanations of the correct responses), worksheets, flashcards, a glossary, a list of acronyms, and references. The guide also contains study tips and test-taking strategies.

The guide has been added to IC&RC's Examination Prep page at

Thanks goes to the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center for creating and sharing this guide.

Updated Fees and Certified Prevention Professional Application


An updated fee schedule is included on this website. Rates went up on January 1, 2016.

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 and payable to IC&RC.