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TTS Certification and Renewal

Formal certification is not yet required at the national level; however currently available institutional options provide an interim solution for recognizing the expertise of those providing services. Interest in national certification is growing, and ACT Center faculty and colleagues have worked closely with the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) to facilitate these efforts.

An award of TTS Certification through the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) currently is considered valid for 2 years. Requirements include:

  • Verification of all eligibility criteria
  • Completion of the ACT Center TTS Workshop
  • Passing the CTTS examination with a score of at least 70%
  • Providing documentation of at least 250 hours of evidence-based treatment experience within the 3 years preceding the examination and / or 1 year following workshop attendance.
  • These hours must be based on clinical activity, such as (a) direct patient contact (treatment, assessment, discussions about clinical issues, program description, etc.), (b) consultation or discussions with health professionals about a specific patient (identified or anonymous), (c) specific case presentations, (d) case note documentation, and (e) case supervision, whether provided or received. You cannot count general presentations or discussions that are not about specific cases, for example, "How to use the nicotine patch."

Applicants are eligible to take the CTTS examination upon completion of the training program. To be granted certification status, the examination must be passed within 1 year post-workshop completion, and may be taken up to 3 times. If not successful by the third effort, the workshop (5-Day or 2-Day within 2 years of original 5-Day program completion, or new 5-Day if longer than 2 years) must be repeated before attempting the examination again.

Certification must be renewed every 2 years. Renewal is contingent upon submitting documentation of the following for the period since certification / renewal: (a) 150 hours of tobacco treatment activity, and (b) 14 CE credits from accredited CE providers, 7 of which must be relevant to tobacco in some way (e.g., health issues, prevalence, etc,), and at least 7 of which must be directly related to tobacco dependence treatment. A $50 processing fee will be assessed.

To take the TTS Certification Examination:
Download the TTS Certification Examination Application Form

To renew your TTS Certification:
Click here

Notice: The content and associated costs of the programs described above are subject to change.

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