Certified Prevention Professional

Prevention professionals proactively intervene to prevent, delay the onset of, or reduce the severity of many common public health concerns and other societal issues.  Prevention professionals may focus their practice in a variety of speciality areas including substance abuse, behavioral health, violence, bullying, crime, and illness.  Prevention professionals work in a variety of settings including schools, workplaces, hospitals, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education. Prevention professionals assess the needs of the individuals and communities they serve in order to select, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions that are appropriate and relevant. Prevention professionals must be culturally competent and aware of the developmental factors.


The following certifications are available for prevention professionals in the State of Minnesota:


Certified Prevention Professional (CPP)

This is an entry level prevention certification that requires completion of a Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) course. Some State of Minnesota prevention grants require staff members to possess the CPP credential as an application eligibility requirement.

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Certified Prevention Professional Advanced (CPPA)

This level is designed for Prevention Specialists who have advanced training. This is a state-level credential and does not offer reciprocity.  Applicants must pass the IC&RC Prevention Specialist exam.

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Certified Prevention Professional Reciprocal (CPPR)

The CPPR is a reciprocal level credential offered through the MCB and provides reciprocity with all other IC&RC member boards who offer the reciprocal level prevention certification.

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