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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 Awarded Contract for More Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainings -- Upcoming SAPST Will Be February 18-21, 2014 in Kent
The State of Washington DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services awarded a contract to the PSCBW. The PSCBC will deliver five Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainings (SAPST) and one SAPST-Training of Trainers (SAPST-TOT) over the biennium, July 2013 - June 2015. The new contracts follows a round of successful SAPST events which included a November 2012 SAPST-TOT in Renton, a February 2013 SAPST in Yakima, an April 2013 SAPST in Renton, and a  May 2013 SAPST in Spokane.
The two SAPST for this biennium were delivered November 12-15, 2013 in Union Gap and February 18-21, 2014 in Kent.

Stay tuned for more information about 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.