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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 for March 14-17, 2017 training in Shoreline

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

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 is now open; however, a wait list has been established. Please register via The registration fee is $25 per person plus the processing fee. Payment options are credit/debit and check.

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



"Ethics in Prevention: A Guide of Substance Abuse Prevention Professionals" Training


Registration is now open for this prevention ethics training:


  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Central Washington University
  • 400 E University Way
  • Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) 301, 3rd Floor
  • Ellensburg


To see the full training announcement and to register, please go to: Space is limited.


The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) is sponsoring this Prevention Ethics training, which is an adapted version of the training developed by the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Successful completion of this six-hour training will fulfill requirements for the Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) credential (further information about the CPP application process, see the PSCBW website at


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.


The fee for this training is $75 plus online payment processing fee of $5.12 for a total of $80.12 per person. As an option, registrants may send checks in the amount of $75 person to: PSCBW, PO Box 7172, Spokane WA 99207. Make checks payable to "Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington." Registrations must be sent prior to the training and registrants are not confirmed until payment is received.


The trainer is Liz Wilhelm, M.S., PSCBW Ethics Chair, Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP) Co-Vice President.



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.