Below are answers to many of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding the NCTTP national certificate program. If you still have questions, please contact Yao Kouassi at 703.741.7686 x136 or ykouassi@naadac.org.

Eligibility Criteria & Education/Work Requirements  |  Application Process & Supporting Documentation   | Testing Process |  Test-Exemption Period (Oct. 15, 2017 - May 15, 2018) |  Code of Ethics


Eligibility Criteria & Education/Work Requirements

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What are the eligibility criteria?

Eligibility criteria are listed on the NCTTP webpage and Section III Eligibility/Application Requirements on page 2 of the NCTTP application.  Please look closely at instructions provided for each section of the application.  They were designed to make completing your application easier and faster.  

What kind of work counts toward the required 240 hours of post-TTS training?

Any tobacco treatment practice experiences that fall within the scope of the 11 Core Competencies developed by ATTUD can be counted. The 11 Core Competencies are listed in Section VII. Documentation of Tobacco Treatment Practice Experience, page 9 of the application.  There is no required distribution of hours across these competencies, and all competencies are not required to be represented in the total 240 hours of post-TTS training.

Instructions for Section VI, page 4, say to list Human Services Work History, “if education is less than a Bachelor’s Degree.” Do those hours have to be in the field of addiction or specifically tobacco?

No. As stated in this section, “Human services is broadly defined as interpersonal work involved with meeting objectives associated with human needs. These needs can be focused on the prevention as well as the remediation of problems, or improving the overall quality of life of service populations.”

Any work that adheres to this definition can and should be described in this section – only if your highest educational level is less than a Bachelor’s Degree.


Application Process & Supporting Documentation

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I am already certified – can I send my certificate to NAADAC?

No. You must request the new Document of Completion from the training program you attended and meet all other criteria as listed on the application. Be aware that having received a past certification from your training program has no bearing on your eligibility for the new NCTTP, and only means that you completed the training program.

This new certificate was designed to ensure that all applicants are providing consistent documentation. All CTTTP-accredited programs have agreed to provide a Document of Completion that includes standardized language.

Can I still use my CTTS or CTTS-M credentials?

You should check with the program that issued your original CTTS credential. Most programs have discontinued issuing and renewing certifications in favor of the new national process. Currently there is no universal or formal recognition of CTTS as a credential.

When I get the NCTTP can I use these initials after my name?

The new certificate is not yet the same as a certification, but you may use NCTTP to note that you have been awarded the certificate. Once the next phase is launched, which is estimated to be in October 2019, a new credential will be created.

Will this certificate need to be renewed?

No. This is a one-time certificate that provides national recognition of your training and experience. It does not require renewal. The NCTTP is the first step of the process created by ATTUD and NAADAC in partnership with the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) to create formal, national recognition for tobacco treatment specialists. The next phase of this initiative is estimated to launch in October 2019. You are encouraged to monitor the NAADAC and ATTUD websites, as well as the ATTUD listserv for information, announcements, and next steps.

Why do I have to pay a fee?

The fee supports the staff time required to review applications, maintain accurate records and ensure the integrity of this new process.

I submitted my application with payment, but I have not received my receipt. What should I do?

NAADAC automatically sends a receipt for all payments received. If you have not received a receipt for your application fee, please check your email spam folder. If it is not in your spam folder, please email dara@naadac.org to receive a duplicate copy of your receipt.


Testing Process

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My NCTTP application has been approved. When do I need to take the NCTTP examination by?

You must pass the NCTTP examination within one year of the date of your NCTTP application approval.

Is there an examination fee?

Yes. The $150 examination fee must be paid directly to the testing company. This is a separate fee from the $150 application fee, which is paid to NAADAC.

How do I schedule my NCTTP examination?

Once your NCTTP application has been approved, NAADAC will email you a code and link to register to take the NCTTP examination at a time and location of your choosing. You may schedule your examination at a testing center location or, if you meet the eligibility criteria for online proctoring, choose to take your test at home or in your office.

How do I schedule my NCTTP examination?

Once your NCTTP application has been approved, NAADAC will email you a code and link to schedule a time specific to take the NCTTP examination. Applicants choosing to take the test online from a computer of their choice that meets the requirements for online testing. Applicants choosing to take the test at a testing center may schedule their test by clicking here.

What are the computer requirements to for online proctoring?

To take the NCTTP test on a computer of your choice, your computer must have a camera, a microphone, and be running on a minimum of Windows 8. For full requirements, click here.

I have passed the NCTTP examination. When will I receive my certificate?

NAADAC will mail out your certificate within two weeks of the date of your examination.

I did not pass the NCTTP examination. When can I take the test again?

Candidates may take the examination up to three times in one year, with a minimum of one month between examination dates.

I did not pass the NCTTP examination. What happens now?

NAADAC will keep your application open for a period of one year from the date of your NCTTP application approval. During that time, you may re-take the examination two additional times at a cost of $100 per second and third examination. If a passing score is not achieved within one year from the date of your NCTTP application approval, you will need to submit a new application for approval and pay a new $150 application fee.


Test-Exemption Period (Oct. 15, 2017 – May 15, 2018)

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I submitted by NCTTP application prior to May 15, 2018. When will I receive my certificate?

All test exemption applications received by May 15, 2018 are now processed and in the mail. If you submitted by May 15, 2018, were approved, and have not received your certificate, please contact Yao Kouassi at ykouassi@naadca.org. Thank you for your patience.


Code of Ethics

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What was the process for developing the Code of Ethics? How often will it be reviewed? Will there be an opportunity for comment?

The Standards Committee, comprised of the ATTUD Ad Hoc Credentialing Development Committee, the directors of all CTTTP-accredited training programs, and the CTTTP Councilors, developed and vetted the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics was derived from the one used by the UMass Medical School Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program. Committee members spent a good deal of time thinking through ramifications of each of the principles. All revisions were made and approved by this committee. It is anticipated these will be reviewed periodically to assure they remain current.