A Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program must meet or exceed the following standards to be considered for accreditation.
The applying program must:
- effectively cover ATTUD’s eleven (11) Tobacco Training Specialist (TTS) core competencies areas and all required skill sets within each of the eleven competency areas, as specified on pages 12-24 of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Application for Program Accreditation.
- meet or exceed the minimum number of hours devoted to each of the eleven (11) ATTUD TTS core competency areas as specified on page 11 of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Application for Program Accreditation.
- provide a minimum of 24 hours of instruction.
- assess or evaluate participant knowledge of program content; include a final assessment (e.g., case study, simulated patient, multiple choice examination) designed to measure trainee knowledge; and address participants who do not demonstrate sufficient command of program content.
- include instruction on the national guidelines established or adapted for use in the country in which the training is being conducted (e.g., USPHS Clinical Practice Guidelines for US trainings).
- invite participants who serve culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
- not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
- accommodate participants with disabilities and be handicap accessible.
- be presented by experts in the field of tobacco treatment.
- provide tobacco treatment resources for trainers to use with their clients or patients.
- have a defined refund policy, cancellation policy, and grievance procedure.
- collect evaluations of the training program from participants.
After a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program achieves accreditation, the following is required to remain accredited.
The accredited program’s designated contact person must:
- provide an annual status report including any changes in:
- purpose, structure, or activities;
- changes in faculty or instructors; and
- changes in assessment processes.
- remit an annual maintenance fee of $500. Notification will be sent approximately 60 days prior to the date the fee is due.
- sumbit a complete re-application packet after 5 years, in order to maintain accreditation. The designated contact person will be notified approximately 90 days before the re-application is due.
- inform ATTUD if there is a change in designated contact person, or other significant information change for the program, such as address, telephone number, Web site, e-mail, etc.
- contact ATTUD if there is a significant change to the program’s purpose, structure or activities.