Below is a list of four mandatory requirements to become a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist:

  • Minimum academic requirement: Associate degree in any field.  
  • Completion of both the online and the live training
  • Pass the Mayo Clinic Certification Examination
    • Must score at least an 80%. 
    • Participants must take the certification exam within 14 days after the last day of the live training.  
    • Upon successfully passing the exam, a Certificate of Completion will be provided to the participant. This document is available on the Mayo Certification website. 
  • Submit 240 practice hours. These are hours that must be acquired after participants have successfully completed the course (online, live, and pass the certification exam). Participants have up to 2 years post training to submit these hours to be applied toward certification.

Certification renewal:
A TTS certificate will be valid for two years. After successful completion of the course and passing score of the exam (allow 2 weeks for grading) access to the certification database will be available:  https://certification.ndceducation.mayo.edu/

  • Renewal of the Certification will require documentation of 18 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits granted by an accredited organization over two years. 

Continuing education hours approved as follows:  

  • Tobacco-focused courses - 100%
  • Non-tobacco motivational interviewing - 50%
  • General addiction or addiction courses specific to an area other than tobacco - 50%
  • Attendance at Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center Annual Conference - 100%
  • Health Behavior/Wellness/Prevention and Public Health Courses - 50% (These would include control/prevention/public health workshops)
  • Tobacco-focused college courses
    • 1 credit = 12 CEH
    • 2 credit = 24 CEH
    • 3 credit = 36 CEH
    • 4 credit = 48 CEH 

Once you submit for recertification, please wait to review an email confirming that your credits have been approved. You will then be prompted to pay the $35 (Nonrefundable) renewal fee. 

Individuals who complete the Mayo Tobacco Treatment Specialist training have the option to pursue national certification. For more information, please visit their website below:

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