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Certification Guides

CPS Manual

Are you considering certification? Have lots of questions? If so, the CPS manual is a great place to start! It covers everything you'll need to know about the prevention specialist credential.

And before jumping into the online application, it is important to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements and policies outlined in the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) manual. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Download the CPS Manual (PDF)


CPS 101

Deciding the start the credentialing process is a big decision. Figuring out how to complete the application can be, well, confusing. From basic requirements, to learning how to allocate hours—even simply navigating the online application—there’s a lot of information to get you up-to-speed.

Fortunately, we’ve developed a quick presentation that gives a great overview of the entire CPS process, including background on TCB, IC&RC, and most importantly, the online application portal. This guide walks you through screens of the online application as though you were a new applicant, to help clear up confusion. It’s a great companion to our CPS Manual (which you should read before you begin your application)!

View the CPS 101 Presentation on how to get certified and navigate the online application process (PDF).


Will these answer every question you have? Probably not, but that’s okay! If you have questions (and you will), you can always feel free to contact us