The CPS is an entry-level credential for people who work with individuals, families and communities to create environments and conditions that support wellness and the ability of individuals to withstand changes. Prevention specialists are qualified to work in the field of substance use only.

The CPS designates competency in the domains of Planning and Evaluation; Prevention Education and Service Delivery; Communication; Community Organization; Public Policy and Environmental Change; and Professional Responsibility. A CPS is not qualified for independent practice and must work under appropriate supervision.

The CPS is the equivalent level credential for individuals transferring into Florida with IC&RC Prevention Specialist (PS) credential. As such, all CPS applicants will also, automatically, earn the IC&RC Prevention Specialist (PS) credential at no extra cost.

CPS applicants must hold a high school diploma, general equivalency degree or higher.

Certification Application Routes

There are two application pathways for the CPS credential. Please choose your route below.

If you meet the education, training and testing requirements but do not have the required work or volunteer experience, you must apply through the two-phase provisional application route.

If you meet all the education, training, work experience and testing requirements, apply through the standard application route.