Participants will complete a multi-phase examination designed to assess participant knowledge and retention of course content. To be eligible for the advance certification to become a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), participants must achieve at least 80% or greater on the cumulation of all exam components. The entire examination process takes place onsite as part of the 4-day certification program; there is no take-home exam component. The examination will have the following format:
Part I. Multiple Choice Quizzes (15 points each)
Two 15-item assessments of course material covered the preceding day
Part II. Comprehensive Multiple Choice and Short Answer Exam (100 points)
Part III. Oral Examination (50 points)
For the Oral Exam, participants will present on a hypothetical clinical case. They will be asked to identify: 1) assessment questions to obtain a clearer understanding of tobacco use and tobacco use history, 2) potential motivations to stop tobacco use, 3) other contributing factors to consider given the individual’s unique presentation, and 4) an individualized treatment plan, including recommendations for tobacco cessation medication, counseling and consultations/referrals. Participants will present the Oral Examination to one or two faculty members.
If participants do not pass the exam, they will not qualify for TTS certification; however, they will be allowed to re-take the exam again (remotely) at a later date for an additional fee.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will become eligible to be certified as Tobacco Treatment Specialists. To receive their certification, participants must 1) score at least 80% on all components of the quizzes and combined final examination; and 2) provide documentation of at least 240 hours of experience (post-course completion) in which course content was utilized. Participants who have a clinical degree and prior experience working in tobacco treatment can count up to 120 pre-course hours (completed within the year prior to the training) towards their hours for certification. All certification hours must be completed within two years from the date the TTS attended the RMTTS-C Program training.
Certification Eligibility Requirements
BHWP is strongly committed to the development of a diverse field of individuals working on the front lines of tobacco dependence. We believe this includes healthcare providers, administrators, and policy-makers, as well as patient navigators, community health workers, and peer specialists. To this end, to be eligible for the RMTTS-C, participants must demonstrate they are either a healthcare or public health provider with relevant experience or a trained patient navigator, community health worker, or peer specialist with relevant experience, working under structured supervision. In addition, applicants must be tobacco-free to enter the program. Course content is primarily designed for degreed professionals, but individuals with other educational backgrounds will be considered.
What Hours Can be Counted Towards Certification?
You can count hours spent providing direct patient care (i.e., intake assessment, treatment planning, providing education and resources, making referrals, etc.), facilitating or leading tobacco cessation groups or classes, conducting face-to-face or telephonic tobacco cessation counseling, preparing for and documenting tobacco cessation groups or classes, providing training to other providers specifically related to tobacco cessation, or providing supervision to other tobacco treatment providers. Up to 15 hours of CEUs can also be counted towards the 240 total hours.
Additionally, if you have an advanced clinical degree and prior experience working in tobacco treatment, you can count up to 120 pre-course hours (completed within the year prior to the training) towards your hours for certification.
All certification hours must be completed within two years from the date the TTS attended the RMTTS-C Program training.
Individuals who have successfully attained certification must apply for re-certification after two years. To do so, Tobacco Treatment Specialists must submit documentation that they completed at least 200 hours of experience related to tobacco cessation treatment or education during the past two years or since they last received their TTS certification. The fee for TTS re-certification is $125.
What Hours Can be Counted Towards Re-Certification?
The same type of hours can be counted towards your re-certification as your initial certification (see above). However, for re-certification you can also count hours spent attending educational trainings if the content is relevant to the work of a TTS [up to 40 hours] or by reading peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to tobacco cessation treatment [up to 10 hours]. Topics relevant to a TTS would include anything pertaining to tobacco cessation treatment or instruction on developing counseling or intervention skills, including courses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Motivational Interviewing (MI). Training types include presentations, webinars, workshops, conferences, or activities in which traditional CEUs are provided.