CPS - Certified Prevention Specialist

Overview of Requirements


2,000 hours, full- or part-time providing Substance Use Disorder Prevention services at a program licensed by the State of Michigan as a substance use disorder services provider, or MCBAP-approved alternative. Refer to “Experience” section in the application instructions for further explanation.


120 education hours. Of these hours, 24 must be specific to SUD Prevention and the additional 96 may be related to the Prevention Domains. Applicants must also complete six (6) hours of MCBAP approved education in prevention ethics. Refer to “Education” section in the application instructions for further explanation.

Specific education for the CPS must be in the IC&RC Prevention Domain topics and must be specifically focused on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drug use issues. Key words in course titles are: substance abuse, substance use disorder, drug addiction, chemical dependency, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, or co-occurring disorders. General courses in clinical/prevention theory and therapeutic methods will count as related to SUD prevention specialty services.


120 hours of direct supervision in SUD prevention services, specific to the IC&RC/PS Performance Domains (with a minimum of 10 hours in each Domain. Refer to “Supervision” section in the application instructions for further explanation.


IC&RC/PS, Prevention Specialist examination

Code of Ethics

Sign and adhere to the current MCBAP Prevention Code of Ethical Standards.


Must live or work within the State of Michigan fifty-one (51%) percent of the time.


When all requirements have been completed, submit your complete application to MCBAP for review.  All documentation must be on copies of the forms provided and in the format specified in the application forms and instructions. Please note, all requirements must have been completed within the previous ten years of submitting the application.


Submit the non-refundable application fee.

Initial Certification

Once approved, the initial CPS certification period will be for two (2) years.


Renewal at the end of the two (2) year period requires submission of the Renewal Application and proof of completion of at least 40 hours of continuing education, with at least 20 hours being specific to SUD or prevention of SUD.

Application Process

All applications are completed in the Certemy platform. Once approved, the initial certification period is valid for a two year period. Before you start the initial application process, you will need to decide if you would like to be in a 2 year renewal cycle or a 3 year renewal cycle starting after the initial two year period.

General Information for Applicants