Apply to be a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP):

Application Process

Applications may be submitted at any time. The process generally takes 1.5 to 2 months for review. Accepted applications need to be approved by the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) at a full Board meeting.


Once the CPP portfolio is approved, the PSCBW Testing Chair pre-registers the applicant with the IC&RC. The applicant then registers for the computer-based exam with the approved testing company. See the sidebar for more information about exam prep and accommodations. Upon passing the examination, the applicant is now a Certified Prevention Specialist. The PSCBW will award the CPP credential within The PSCBW will meet to discuss the candidate's application and testing outcome then will award the Certified Prevention Professional credential within 72 hours of passing the exam. The candidate's portfolio and exam results with be reviewed at the next full PSCBW directors' meeting and will then be added to the Active CPP database.

Please use the current CPP application below and follow the instructions contained in the application:


PSCBW CPP Application Packet 11202020  (PDF)


Please read and follow the directions carefully. The CPP candidate portfolio/application is provided as a pdf document. To access a PDF file, you will need Adobe Reader then should save the document to your computer. If you need to download the free Adobe Reader, go to


Certification fees are paid online using a credit or debit card. No other forms of payment are accepted.


Click on this Pay Fees Online link (a processing fee may apply).

The CPP 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. Details are provided in the CPP application form.

Potential applicants requested a listing of previously approved trainings/classes/courses that have been accepted. Please see the following guidelines:

For online/distance learning Drug Education resources, please see the following possibilities:

Please also note, in lieu of a certificate, the applicant may submit a completed Affidavit of Attendance (PDF). This affidavit is intended to be used on a limited basis and for special circumstances, such as in the case in which the conference/training sponsor did not provide a Certificate of Completion. The Eligibility Committee will review the completed Affidavit of Attendance forms to determine whether these hours will be accepted.

CPP Exam: Test Prep

For test prep-related questions about the written Prevention Specialist Certification Exam, please refer to this webpage:


There are sections for study books, candidate guides and practice exams. There is a comprehensive study guide developed by Rhode Island available for free download. 


While these exam preparation materials cannot guarantee success in passing this exam, it can provide needed resources to assist you in your preparation.


For more information about test prep and other resources, please contact:

Kristi Sharpe, PSCBW Testing Chair

Exam Accommodations

If you have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like special accommodations to take the Prevention Specialist Exam, please complete and return the attached:

Special Exam Accommodations Request Form  (PDF)

It must be returned to the PSCBW Testing Chair at least 60 days in advance of the scheduled exam date.