The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) is committed to supporting Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training that develops professional skills through continuing education (CE). This accreditation process enables the Council to recognize and promote learning opportunities that meet a defined set of criteria. Accreditation will serve as a guide to tobacco treatment providers searching for reliable and evidence-based CE programs, especially those having completed a CTTTP-accredited TTS training program.  Continued professional development is widely recognized as a fundamental way to enhance growth, improve skills and ensures academic and practical qualifications are current. 

What are the benefits to CE being accredited by CTTTP?

  • Accreditation demonstrates that the educational event has met an established set of standards directly related to professional development for tobacco treatment practitioners.
  • The CTTTP website is a resource for continuing education opportunities. Accredited programs are highlighted and promoted here.
  • Approximately 2,000 practitioners complete a CTTTP accredited TTS Training Program annually. These TTS receive e-mail notice of accredited continuing education programs.
  • The CTTTP logo and accreditation status can be used in program marketing.
  • Completion of a CTTTP accredited TTS Training Program is considered the minimal training for current TTS credentialing. Demand for valid continuing education opportunities will increase when the next level of TTS credentialing is implemented.

What types of organizations can apply?

Any organization may apply to provide accredited continuing education programs. This is not limited to accredited TTS training programs.

What is the application process?

  • Go to the CTTTP website and download the application and attachments Accreditation for Continuing Education
  • Complete all sections of the application electronically. Cells will expand to accommodate text as needed.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Attachments document includes the required Faculty Disclosure Document and examples of a program evaluation and certificate of completion.
  • Send the completed application with all supporting materials to
  • The application and payment must be received at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the program to allow time for review and credit approval. Late applications will be subject to additional fees.
  • If there are missing items or questions about the application a detailed letter will include steps and timeline required to complete the application.
  • Applications that are complete and approved by CTTTP will receive an approval letter by e-mail.
  • After the CE program has been conducted send a summary of the evaluation results within 60 days after the completion of the program.

How is CE hour defined?

A contact hour is one clock hour of interaction between a learner and trainer. One Continuing Education hour equals 1 contact hour of learning activities including pre reading, face-to-face and online.

What is the cost to apply?

The application fee is based upon the type of event:

Event TypeFee
Workshop/program no concurrent sessions. Participants must attend entire program to receive CE credit. Minimum of one hour. May be multiple days.$200 application fee Late application fee: add $50Approval allows unlimited repeat of program for up to 1 year
Conference multiple days and/or including concurrent sessions. CEs awarded based upon actual sessions attended$400 application fee Late application fee: add $100Approval covers the original event dates only

When does accreditation expire?

  • All workshop/program events are allowed to repeat the program as many times as desired for up to 1 year. After that a new application is required.
  • All conferences are approved only for the dates of the original event.
  • If your program does not meet either of these event types, contact us at to discuss options.

Can participants receive credit for viewing archived, accredited programs?

Yes, self-directed, and pre-recorded accredited programs would be treated as self-study and must include a knowledge assessment. This must be described in the original application.

What is the cost to renew a previously accredited program?

After a program accreditation has expired the cost to renew is the same as the original application.

What topics can be approved?

Continuing education topics should provide advanced training and skill development related to any of the areas of tobacco treatment specialist core competencies. These competencies and definitions are listed in the application.

What kind of support can the CTTTP provide?

  • The management and volunteers of the CTTTP want your CE program to be successful. Please send us your questions and we will provide support as best we can.
  • If you are considering applying for CE accreditation, we are happy to answer questions about any part of the application.
  • After your application is reviewed you will be notified of any items that are missing, provided guidance on what is required and when the missing items are due.

No one in my organization is a credentialed TTS. Why is this required, and can we still apply?

  • The requirement to include a credentialed TTS in the planning process is modeled after many well-established CE/CME approval processes.
  • The credentialed TTS does not need to be part of your organization. The TTS must review and approve the goals and objectives for the program and their name and contact must be included in the application.
  • If you cannot find a credentialed TTS from another organization, contact CTTTP and we will assist in finding someone who can help.

What is the best way to answer questions from TTSs about continuing education?