Tobacco Treatment Training and Certification

The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training and Certification Program


Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training

The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training is the cornerstone of the educational activities in the Center. The program began in 1999, offering training exclusively to Massachusetts providers. In 2001 it was expanded to include participants from outside of the state and in 2003 we began providing the training at out-of-state venues.

The TTS training includes two components:

Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - This is a self-paced, online course, that is designed for health workers who want to be well-grounded in the theory and practice of working with clients who are tobacco dependent. It provides an introduction to the basic concepts needed by professionals who are working with tobacco users. This course can be completed as a stand-alone course and is a pre-requisite for the TTS Core Training. 

TTS Core Training - This is an intensive 4-day, in-person, evidence-based training program designed for persons who deliver moderate to intensive tobacco treatment services within a health care or community setting. The curriculum is designed to address a set of core competencies for tobacco treatment specialists first defined by the Massachusetts Certification Steering Committee in 1998 and further defined by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).

Please note: Before completing the TTS core Training and obtaining a certificate, those enrolled in the course have to first complete the Basic Skills for Working with Smokers online training.


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TTS Certification Program

TTS Certification is an optional process that includes completing both training courses, a written exam, documentation of practice hours and a case study. To date we have enrolled over 4000 participants in Basic Skills, trained over 1200 participants in Core Training and certified 225 TTSs. This training program has also provided the base for many customized trainings conducted throughout Massachusetts and across the country. University of Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training & Certification Program is accredited by The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).

The TTS training provides equal opportunity and access to all applicants regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and veteran's status. The University of Massachusetts adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

Other programs & Resourses

  1. Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) Program
  2. Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Registry
  3. Other Trainings