Accreditation Standards

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Beginning October 1, 2016 CTTTP will implement a $500 application fee. 

A Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program must meet or exceed the following standards to be considered for accreditation.

The applying program must:

  • complete the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Application for Program Accreditation
  • effectively cover all the required skill sets within the eleven (11) Tobacco Training Specialist Core Competencies as specified on pages 8-21 of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Accreditation Application
  • meet or exceed the minimum number of hours devoted to each of the eleven (11) Core Competency areas as specified on page 8 of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Accreditation Application
  • provide a minimum of 24 hours of instruction
  • assess or evaluate participant knowledge of program content; include a final assessment (e.g., case study, simulated patient, multiple choice examination) designed to measure trainee knowledge; and address participants who do not demonstrate sufficient command of program content
  • include instruction on the national guidelines established or adapted for use in the country in which the training is being conducted (e.g., USPHS Clinical Practice Guidelines for US trainings)
  • invite participants who serve culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability
  • accommodate participants with disabilities and be handicap accessible
  • be presented by experts in the field of tobacco treatment
  • provide tobacco treatment resources for trainers to use with their clients or patients
  • have a defined refund policy, cancellation policy, and grievance procedure
  • collect evaluations of the training program from participants

Maintaining Accreditation

After a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program achieves accreditation, the following is required to remain accredited.

The accredited program’s designated contact person must:

  • provide an annual status report including any changes in:
    1. purpose, structure, or activities;
    2. changes in faculty or instructors; and
    3. changes in assessment processes.

    The designated contact person will be notified of the deadline and reporting requirements approximately 60 days before the annual report is due.

  • Notification will be sent approximately 60 days prior to the date the fee is due.
  • submit a complete re-application packet after 5 years, in order to maintain accreditation. The designated contact person will be notified approximately 90 days before the re-application is due.
  • inform if there is a change in designated contact person, or other significant information change for the program, such as address, telephone number, Web site, e-mail, etc.
  • contact if there is a significant change to the program’s purpose, structure or activities.

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