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

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.

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.

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 programs have agreed to provide a Document of Completion that includes standardized language.

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.

Is the Certificate (NCTTP) ‘text exempt’ phase only for people who are already certified?

No. There is no requirement to be a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) in order to apply. This is a new process with new criteria. The test exempt phase applies to all those who completed their training program, meet all of the other criteria, and apply before May 15, 2018.

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.

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.