The Nicotine Dependence Center Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program at Mayo Clinic is nationally accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs. Completion of this program will allow participants to apply for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP).
The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Certification Program welcomes participants from different backgrounds and ideologies. The program embraces and appreciates the cultural diversity of participants and currently has trained professionals from more than 40 different countries. We shall not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Who Should Take Our Training: Healthcare professionals who have a strong interest in the field of tobacco or health or provide clinical care to people who use tobacco. These include, but not limited to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, dietitians, psychiatrists, psychologists, respiratory therapists, mental health professionals, addiction professionals, counselors, and social workers. The training will prepare professionals to provide their patients/clients with effective evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence. Professionals that work in the field of health academics, policy, and education will benefit from the up-to-date research/information presented in our training.
The overarching goal of the program is to assist professionals in becoming competent in the provision of treatment for individuals dependent on tobacco and to formally recognize this competence. Click here for a full description.
Online/Virtual Training: Please see "Course Description" tab for further details regarding our new training.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, our face-to-face programs are currently on hold: The program offers external trainings within the U.S., as well as international trainings. For organizations looking to train a sizable group of individuals (up to 32 participants), we do offer trainings that we can bring to you. For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-266-1093 and we can review the details/cost of bringing our training to you.
Upon request, accommodation is offered for participants who have special needs.
The Mayo Clinic Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Training is an accredited program that consists of both online learning and a three-day virtual training focusing on the skills needed to effectively treat tobacco dependence. This course is delivered through a blended learning format in which instruction is completed first online through the Blackboard Learn platform as a self-paced training, followed by a interactive 3-day virtual training. This course is adapted for individual learning styles, while allowing for a flexible schedule during the online component. The ten-module online training is available via Blackboard Learn and may be completed at your own pace. Plan to spend approximately ten hours to complete all ten modules. The online learning must be completed prior to participating in the virtual training.
The virtual training is a web-based interactive learning experience. Thus no travel is involved. During the 3-day training, Mayo Clinic staff will teach the course using virtual technology. You should expect to spend those days actively engaged in the course.
Passing an exam and successfully completing both the online and virtual training components is required for Mayo Clinic Certification, and to be eligible to sit for the National Certification exam. Because many past participants stated how much they value the Mayo Certification, we will continue to offer Mayo certification with our training as well as re-certification. Approximately 25-30 continuing education hours will be provided for completing both the online and virtual training.
Faculty will include Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center physicians, Master's degree counselors, and education staff. A partial list of topics includes: neuropharmacology of nicotine, optimization of pharmacologic management, conducting a basic counseling session, motivational interviewing and other counseling approaches, and application of treatment of tobacco dependence to people with co-morbid conditions. This training program is designed for professionals already providing tobacco dependence treatment and for those with a strong interest in entering the field. Registration is limited in order to facilitate learning and maximize interaction with the experienced faculty.
There is a clear demand for professionals in the field to have recognition of expertise in treating tobacco use and dependence. The Nicotine Dependence Center (NDC) has worked closely with the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and others to establish standards for core competencies, training, and certification of tobacco treatment providers. The Nicotine Dependence Center Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program has been accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs since 2010.
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physicians: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this other (live and online content) activity for AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this other (live and online content) activity for ANCC nursing contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs. Credit is awarded only for actual instructional time.
**Maximum credits may vary slight due to changes in course schedule.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Training Curriculum (subject to change)
Step 1: Online Training – 10 modules (approximately 1 hour per module)
Must complete the online training prior to attending the onsite training
- Chronic Disease
- Neurobiology of Addiction
- Non-cigarette Tobacco Products
- Second-hand Smoke
- Evidence-based Practice
- Building and Sustaining Tobacco Treatment Services
- Relapse Prevention
Step 2: Virtual Training
During the 3-day virtual training, Mayo Clinic staff will teach the course using virtual technology. The virtual portion of the course is a three-day experience that is designed to help participants apply the learning achieved in the online component through demonstrations and practice of patient interactions often encountered in real life situations. This component of the training is highly interactive with participants learning how to assess and treat patients with tobacco use disorders including topics on:
- Motivational Interviewing - The Basic Language of Behavior Change
- Behavior Change Counseling and Group Counseling
- Assessment and Treatment of Tobacco Dependence
- Interactive Small Group Sessions
- Interventions - Working With Challenging Patients
- Current Trends and Challenges in Tobacco Dependence
- How to Work With Special Populations Including Pregnancy, Adolescents, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Mayo Clinic faculty educators are selected for their commitment to teaching as well as clinical practice and research. Our team consists of physicians, master-level counselors who are Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists, and other Mayo faculty.
2021 Tobacco Treatment Specialist - Training Dates:
- January 26-28, 2021 - Online/Virtual Training
- March 16-18, 2021 - Online/Virtual Training
- June 8-10, 2021 - Online/Virtual Training
- September 28-30, 2021 - Online/Virtual Training
- November 9-11, 2021 - Online/Virtual Training or Phoenix, AZ (Virtual versus in-person TBD)
Please review the course prerequisites and cancellation policy prior to registering for the training. We encourage early registration as enrollment is limited. Preferred payment method is credit card but we do accept check payment. All major cards accepted.
Upon enrollment in the course, you will receive a “welcome letter” via email. This letter will include instructions on how to access pertinent information for both the online and on-site training. If you don’t receive the email, please contact us at email@example.com or call 507-266-1093 or 1-800-344-5984 (toll-free).
Registration Process: As a new user, when creating your profile, under the dropdown "Degrees and/Designations" please indicate your official transcript approved academic degree (ex. BSN, MSN, etc.); do not indicate your professional degree (Ex. RN).
If you are interested in attending a Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification training that has already filled, please feel free to contact us at 507-266-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about waitlist availability. We only accept 8 names on the waitlist.
Registration fee covers the cost for both online and onsite learning and all course materials. The Mayo Clinic Certification examination is also included in the course fee. Upon passing the exam you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is required to pursue National Certification.
We require that anyone applying for TTS training/certification be tobacco-free and e-cigarette free for a minimum of six months. Concurrent use of tobacco while treating others for tobacco dependence is detrimental to the person receiving treatment. We strongly recommend that all active tobacco users seek treatment, achieve stable tobacco abstinence, and be free of both tobacco and e-cigarettes before treating others.
Education: Minimum required degree is an Associate’s degree in any field. LPN's, Respiratory Therapists, and Pharmacy technicians without an Associate's degree are also eligible. Additional exceptions may be considered (please contact email@example.com).
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program. Applicants must be able to demonstrate objective competency in English to participate fully in the program. You may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.
Participants who cancel registration 21 days or more before the on-site start date will receive a full refund (minus a $100 administrative fee). The cancellation must be received in writing.
No refunds are granted for cancellations received within 21 days prior to the on-site start date.
The Nicotine Dependence Center Education Program reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that the NDC Education Program must cancel or postpone a course, the registration fee will be fully refunded, but the NDC Education Program is not responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including fees assessed with airline, travel or lodging agencies.
The Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center Program Nicotine Dependence Program grievance procedure provides a mechanism to facilitate resolution of conflicts, problems or disagreements raised by individuals enrolled in Mayo education programs, with the exception of disciplinary actions.
Equal opportunity in education at Mayo Clinic is a moral and legal obligation. Mayo Clinic is also committed to upholding federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran's status, disability, or status with regard to public assistance.
Below is a list of four mandatory requirements to become a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist:
- Completion of both the online and the on-site training
- Pass the Mayo Clinic Certification Examination with an 80% passing grade (2 attempts will be given to pass). Participants will receive information regarding the examination at the on-site training.
- Submit 240 practice hours. These are hours that must be acquired after participants have successfully completed the course (online, on-site, and pass the certification exam). Participants have up to 2 years post on-site training to submit these hours to be applied toward certification. What kind of work counts toward the required 240 hours?
- Minimum academic requirement: Associates degree in any field. If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an academic waiver request form to fill out for consideration of an exception.
Upon successfully passing the exam, a Certificate of Completion will be provided to the participant. This document is needed for participants that choose to pursue National Certification.
Complete 240 practice hours post course training. Once practice hours are acquired, participants will need to submit online and receive approval in order to acquire Mayo Clinic Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification. https://certification.ndceducation.mayo.edu/
Participants must take the certification exam within 14 days after the last day of the on-site training. Participants who fail the certification examination are allowed to retest one time within this same 14-day timeframe.
Once 240 practice hours have been approved, participants will be granted Mayo TTS certification and a certificate will be available for self-printing. Certification will be valid for two years post practice hours approval date. When ready to renew, please log into the certification database: https://certification.ndceducation.mayo.edu/
Renewal of the Certification requires documentation of 18 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits granted by an accredited organization over two years. To receive full credit towards certification, these hours must be specific to the treatment of tobacco use and dependence. Fifty percent credit will be approved towards certification for courses that are not tobacco-specific.
Continuing education hours approved as follows:
- Tobacco-focused courses - 100%
- Non-tobacco motivational interviewing - 50%
- General addiction or specific 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
Submission of documentation and payment must be done online. Recertification fee is $30 (nonrefundable) and must accompany your request for renewal.
Please submit credits and payment online at: https://certification.ndceducation.mayo.edu/
No travel involved. Our training is offered in a blended two-part format utilizing both online learning as well as virtual technology.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification - FAQs
Program information, application process and payments:
What is the cost of attending the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Certification Program? $1250.00
How many participants are accepted into the trainings held in Rochester, Minnesota? The program accepts 32 participants and an additional eight participants on the waitlist.
How do I get on the waitlist? Please call 507-266-1093 or email us at email@example.com to ask for waitlist availability.
Is Mayo Clinic's TTS Certification training accredited? Yes we are accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP).
What is the length of the on-site training and where is the training held? The TTS Certification is a combination of online learning and also a three-day on-site training which is held at one of the Mayo Clinic's campuses in either Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida, or Scottsdale, Arizona.
Does the program offer TTS trainings for other organizations if requested? Yes we provide virtual trainings for sizable groups. For further information, please contact the Nicotine Dependence Center (NDC) Education Program at 800-344-5984 or 507-266-1093 and please ask for the TTS Program Coordinator. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a customized workshop? If you are not needing a full TTS training, we can do a customized 1-2 day workshop offering a variety of topics taken from our TTS training. For example we do many customized workshops focusing on Motivational Interviewing - Basic Coaching Skills, Facilitating Health Behavior Change, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. Please contact our program director, Therese, Shumaker, at 507-266-1093 to discuss your specific needs.
How do I secure a spot in the program? Register online and make a payment.
Payment: We accept credit card payment. All major credit cards are accepted.
The Practice Hours form requires a brief description for service hours claimed. How detailed does this need to be? We are not looking for documented visits but rather a brief summary of your work experience in acquiring the practice hours claimed.
Please clarify the definition of practice hours and criteria for approval: We require a minimum of 240 practice hours completed post-training. What kind of work counts toward the required 240 hours? Once practice hours are approved, participants will be granted TTS Certification by Mayo Clinic.
What is the minimum amount of practice hours needed to meet certification requirements? 240 hours post-course completion. (Hours acquired prior to attending the training are not accepted). When 240 hours are acquired, fill out the practice hour form and submit for approval. Once practice hours are approved, participants will be granted TTS Certification by Mayo Clinic.
What is the deadline for acquiring the minimum practice hours? Participants have two years post-training to acquire the minimum practice hours needed for certification.
Academic degree: Please indicate highest academic degree when completing online registration form. Although official transcripts are not required initially, we will conduct random audits so participants may be required to submit official transcripts if randomly selected.
What is the minimum educational requirement needed to acquire certification? Associate's degree or higher, in any field. LPNs without an Associate degree are also eligible. For participants that do not meet the minimum academic degree requirement, please contact us at email@example.com to request an academic waiver form to complete for consideration of an exception.
Will I receive a full refund if I cancel a course in which I am already enrolled? Participants will receive a full refund minus $100.00 administrative fee if the cancellation request is received in writing more than 21 days prior to the start of the on-site training. Cancellation must be received in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it cost to recertify? Current fee is $30.00
Can I recertify if my certification is expired? If a participant does not recertify within the two-year time frame, and certification expires; participants will have an additional 6 months to recertify at a higher fee. After this six-month grace period, participants willl need to retake and successfully complete both the online and the on-site components of the training. Participants will also need to pass the certification examination. If 240 practice hours were approved from the previous certification time frame, those hours will count toward certification status.
How often do I need to apply for recertification? Every two years.
How many continuing education hours do I need to acquire in order to recertify? 18 continuing education hours (CEHs) every two years.
Continuing Education Hours are approved as follows:
- The program approves 100 percent credit for tobacco-focused courses.
Non-tobacco courses: The program approves only 50 percent credit for the following types of CEHs:
• Motivational interviewing courses/ training or workshops
• General or specific addiction courses/ training or workshops
• Health behavior, wellness, prevention and public health courses/training or workshops.
• Note**The program also approves college course credits that fit our CEH guidelines; please see the information under the “Certification” tab.
If I attend a motivational interviewing (MI) course, will the continuing education hours be approved for 100 percent credit or 50 percent credit? The NDC program approves 100 percent credit for tobacco-focused MI courses. If it is not a tobacco-focused MI course, only 50 percent credit is approved. If the title of the course doesn't reflect that it's tobacco-focused, please submit learning objectives.
What is the passing rate? 80 percent passing rate is required.
How soon do I need to take the test after completing the onsite training? Participants are allowed 2 attempts to pass the Certification exam. Both attempts must be completed within 14 days after the last day of the on-site training.
Is there a charge to take the exam? There is no additional cost to take the exam.