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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 upcoming WA-SAPST events will be held in Yakima and are scheduled for October 4-7, 2016 and March 14-17, 2017.

Registration is now open for the October 4-7, 2016 WA-SAPST. The training will begin Tuesday, October 4 at 8:30 a.m. and will end Friday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. The training will be held at the Yakima Area Arboretum,1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima, WA 98901.


The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 27, 2016, however, PSCBW may decide to accept registrations after that based on the availability of space.


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


For information about the training, including how to register, please see the training flyer included here as an Adobe PDF. The fee is $25 payable by check, credit card, debit card, money order or cash. Bring payment with you to the training and you will be provided a receipt. Make check payable to PSCBW. To pay by credit or debit card, complete this form. 


Important Note: 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.


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.

Registration is Open for the August 30, 2016 Prevention Ethics Training, Ellensburg
The Prevention Ethics Training will be held as follows (see below and at this link or this PDF):

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Wellness Center at Central Washington University, Ellensburg

400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926, SURC Building, Room Change, Room 202

(on the second floor of the SURC)


Trainer: Pam Tindall, CPP, ICPS


The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) is pleased to offer a six-hour (6 hour) Prevention Ethics training, which is based upon SAMHSA’s  Center for the Prevention Technologies (CAPT) curriculum.  


Six hours of prevention ethics training is one of the educational requirements for individuals who seek to become certified Prevention Professionals. This training will satisfy this requirement.


The fee for this class is $75.00 payable either by check or debit/credit (see form or PDF).


Registration deadline is:   Extended to August 25, 2016

To Register:


1. Send an email titled Ethics Training Registration to Gunthild Sondhi at


2. Please provide:


          a. your name

          b. your agency/organization/affiliation (if applicable)

          c. preferred email address

          d. preferred phone number including area code

          e. mailing address

3. We will acknowledge receipt of your email and let you know of your

          registration status.

4. Cancellation: If your registration is confirmed and you find that you must cancel, please let us know at least five (5) days prior to the training date and we will refund your registration fee.

Parking information: The address of CWU is 400 E University Way, but to get to the SURC you drive east on University Way to Chestnut Ave, turn left on Chestnut, drive approximately one block forward to a T intersection and take a right, drive 1/2 block forward to the entrance of the parking lot (on the left) and find parking. The SURC is northwest of the parking lot. Parking is $5 per day on campus and there is a machine at this entrance.


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.