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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 - Apply Now for May 2-5, 2017 training in Yakima

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) has been awarded funding from the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services' 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 WA-SAPST meets the training requirements for Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities.

The first two WA-SAPST event were completed October 4-7, 2016 in Yakima and March 14-17, 2017 in Shoreline.

The application process is now open for the May 2-5, 2017 WA-SAPST in Yakima. For details, see the attached flyer for opening/ downloading in Word or Adobe. (Note: For Word, if you see a message that asks for your credentials, just click "Cancel" to open the file.)

For technical questions about the prerequisite online course, see the contact person described in the link or attachment. Please direct any other questions about this training to Gunthild Sondhi:  phone (509) 290-1933 and (509) 937-2002 or email



Prevention Ethics Training


The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington has cancelled the March 28, 2017 "Prevention Ethics Training" in Ellensburg. Please note that another "Prevention Ethics" training will be held during April that also fulfills this specific training requirement needed for the Certified Prevention Professional (CPP). Details are below.


  • "Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-making Process for Human Services Professionals"
  • Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Hotel RL
  • Olympia WA


Liz Wilhelm, MA, will present this all day Ethics in Prevention training. She is a current board member of the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington. She works at Seattle Childrens as the Coalition Coordinator for Prevention WINS.


Ethics in Prevention describes the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics, illustrated by realistic examples designed to enhance understanding of each principle.This training also introduces a decision-making process designed to actively apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas.


This is a pre-conference training offered as part of the "Focus on the Future" conference sponsored by the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. For registration costs and other information about this training and the full conference, please see the website,


As shown on the conference website, please register by mail or online and choose either the two-day rate or full conference rate. There is not a one-day only registration for the preconference training.


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.