The purpose of prevention certification is to recognize and ensure that substance abuse prevention practitioners meet competency standards established by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the Prevention Certification Board of New Hampshire.

The mission of the Prevention Certification Board of New Hampshire is to prevent the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by providing a professional prevention credential, Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), which:

  • Ensures that individuals working in communities to reduce risk and promote health have current and comprehensive knowledge, skills, and attitudes to carry out successful prevention approaches;
  • Recognizes and supports a broad public health approach to behavioral health and wellness;
  • Protects consumers served by credentialed professionals.

Please see our new page for CPS CEU’s for trainers/organizations interested in obtaining Certified Prevention Specialist CEU’s for workshops/trainings you are hosting.

If you have information you wish to submit to the Prevention Certification Board of New Hampshire’s website, please first review the organization’s dissemination policy and then send to [email protected].

A website designed to help individuals, families, and communities to get informed, get involved and get help! You will find information on prevention efforts, effects of alcohol and other drugs, guidance on recovery and treatment and links to programs in the Granite State . . . and more.

The IC&RC Board has notified the Prevention Certification Board of New Hampshire of the following ruling in Dec ’09:

IC&RC Member Boards may certify those outside their jurisdiction ONLY if the Member Board in the candidates jurisdiction does not offer the particular credential the candidate is seeking.

This will allow us to certify those professionals in Vermont who do not currently have a CPS Certification process in their state.

Welcome to the NH Prevention Certification website!


The Prevention Certification Board of New Hampshire is funded by NH DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.

State Website in New Hampshire for ATOD www.drugfreenh.org

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