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NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, in partnership with ATTUD, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence, has announced a new National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP).

The National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP) was created to standardize and unify tobacco competencies, knowledge, and skills on a national level and provides national, unified recognition of professionals who obtain this prestigious certificate. By obtaining the NCTTP, tobacco treatment professionals are demonstrating to employers, third-party payers, and clients their advanced education in evidence-based tobacco competencies, skills, and practice.

This unified certification process is an important step to enhance the professionalization and recognition of tobacco treatment as a specialty. It provides a foundation for advocacy of health care insurance reimbursement for tobacco treatment services delivered by qualified providers. Click here to read more about ATTUD’s efforts to promote certification.

The NCTTP application is available at and includes all the details you will need to complete and submit it. If you have any questions about NCTTP process please contact; Yao Kouassi, NAADAC Certification Coordinator, at 703.741.7686 x136 or

Below is a list summarizing the criteria that NAADAC will be required on the application when applying for National Certification.

Candidates will be required to:       

    1. Provide evidence of one of the following:

  • High School diploma plus 4,000 (2 years full-time) of work in a human services position.
  • Associate’s Degree plus 2,000 (1 year full-time) of work in a human services positon.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  1. Provide evidence of successful completion of a Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs. A current list of accredited Tobacco Treatment Specialist training programs can be found at:

Please Note**Mayo will assist with providing a Tobacco Treatment Specialist “Documentation of Completion” as previous documents provided by Mayo will not be accepted. Please send an email request to with subject line: National Certification – Certificate of Completion. Please allow up to three weeks to process.

  1. Document 240 hours of tobacco treatment practice experience following the completion of training.
  2. Self-attest to a minimum of six months tobacco-free including the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices. (i.e.: vaping, e-cigarettes, etc.).
  3. Adhere to the Tobacco Treatment Provider Code of Ethics as described in the application.
  4. Application for the NCTTP test exempt status will be available October 15, 2017 and April 15, 2018. Applications postmarked after April 15, 2018, will require successful completion of an examination to be awarded the certificate.
  5. Candidate must mail application and all supporting documents with the non-refundable application fee of $150 post marked no later than April 15, 2018.
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