Our communities face myriad problems that can be prevented with appropriate education and intervention. They need experienced — and certified — Prevention Specialists.

The Certification for Prevention Specialist, or CPS, is recognized worldwide as the gold standard for competency in the prevention field. It is written into federal and state practice regulations and insurance legislation.

The CPS is administered by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the world’s largest credentialing organization in the field of addiction. However, make no mistake. The CPS is the credential for professionals working in prevention of an array of community problems, including violence, crime, illness, family breakdown and school dropout.

The Colorado Certification for Prevention Specialist is awarded by the Colorado Prevention Certification Board, which works under the IC&RC’s strict credentialing guidelines.

Colorado Certification for Prevention Specialists:

  • Improve the ways prevention work is done in our communities by seeking continuing professional education.

  • Help Colorado respond to the growing demand for quality, accredited prevention programs resulting from healthcare reform.

  • Help Colorado nonprofits an other organizations secure funding as grant requirements become more stringent.

  • Help the public identify reputable prevention programs and practitioners.

  • Get the recognition they deserve internationally — and have new professional opportunities.

Learn more about the core professional competencies of a Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist.

Colorado Prevention Certification Board

The Colorado Prevention Certification Board is an autonomous arm of the Colorado Association of Alcohol and Drug Service Providers. The certification board is committed to setting, monitoring and enforcing counselor standards for the public’s protection.

The board is a proud member of International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, which protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of prevention professionals.

The Colorado Prevention Certification Board:

  • Administers certification examinations

  • Certifies providers of continuing education

  • Monitors and enforces counselor ethics

  • Works to promote counselor reciprocity

Colorado Prevention Certification Board Policy and Procedures Manual

Get started!

If you’re ready to take the next important step to become a Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist, please learn more about the CCPS application requirements and the simple, three-step application process before heading to the CCPS Application Center.  Please be aware that COPA is transitioning into a new online application platform.  COPA expects the system to launch in October 2018, and respectfully asks that new and returning applicants refrain from entering new information in to the current system.  This request is to ensure that minimal data is lost during the transition.