FAQ: CPS Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a CPS?

A. CPS stands for Certified Prevention Specialist. A CPS is an individual who provides alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention education and services that build the capacity of individuals and systems to promote healthy environments, lifestyles, and communities.

Q. How can I learn more about the process of becoming a CPS?

A. NJPN has developed a document to help answer the most frequently asked questions about becoming a CPS. We encourage you to review this information thoroughly. In addition, you may visit the Certification Board’s website at www.certbd.org and download the CPS application. This will give you more information about the educational requirements and work experience required to become a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).

Q. What happens after I submit my scholarship application to NJPN?

A. NJPN staff will review your application to determine if it meets the eligibility requirements. If approved, you will receive an approval letter with detailed information.

Q. If I am approved, how does the scholarship program work?

A. Students will receive a letter from NJPN explaining that they are PRE-approved to take approximately five free classes each grant year (based on funding availability). The pre-approval letter will detail the approved providers participating in the NJPN scholarship program. This list is also posted on our website.Additionally, students will receive scholarship certificates, which they will then give to the approved providers when they want to attend a class. When a student registers for a class, they must let the provider know they have a scholarship and then bring the scholarship certificate with them to the class.Once a student has used all certificates they were given, they may contact NJPN to see if additional scholarship funds are available.

Q. The CPS Student Application says NJPN will be following up with me to monitor my progress towards becoming a CPS. Why?

A. The goal of this scholarship program is to increase the number of Certified Prevention Specialists in New Jersey. Therefore, NJPN will periodically contact all scholarship recipients to verify progress toward completing all CPS classes and if they have registered to take the written exam that one must pass in order to become a CPS.

Q. I completed CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, do any of those courses count toward CPS?

A. Yes, successful completion of the full 3-week National Coalition Academy will cover an APS, which is ½ way to a CPS.  The CADCA Academy covers 60 hours for initial Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credit specifically for the following 10 courses:

P101: Prevention Program Planning and Assessment P301: Community Assessment P401: Introduction to Methods and the Impact of Environmental Change
P102: Prevention Activities and Methods P302: Coalition Building and Maintenance P402: Assessment and Planning of Environmental Strategies
P103: Program Design P303: Coordinating Community Prevention Activities P403: Implementation & Enforcement of Environmental Change Strategies
P104: Evidence Based Prevention Models

Therefore, if one has officially completed the CADCA National Coalition Academy they do not need to take the 10 courses listed above. One just needs to have their official CADCA graduation certificate attached to the APS or CPS application when ready to apply.

Q: Are there Study Guides for the CPS Test?

A: CPS Exam Preparation Study guides are available for the prevention specialist examination: