Prevention Specialists

CPS Process FAQ

Q. What is a CPS?

A. CPS stands for Certified Prevention Specialist. A CPS is an individual who provides alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention education and services that build the capacity of individuals and systems to promote healthy environments, lifestyles, and communities.

Q. How can I learn more about the process of becoming a CPS?

A. NJPN has developed a document to help answer the most frequently asked questions about becoming a CPS. We encourage you to review this information thoroughly. In addition, you may visit the Certification Board’s website at and download the CPS application. This will give you more information about the educational requirements and work experience required to become a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).

Q. What happens after I submit my scholarship application to NJPN?

A. NJPN staff will review your application to determine if it meets the eligibility requirements. If approved, you will receive an approval letter with detailed information.

Q. If I am approved, how does the scholarship program work?

A. Students will receive a letter from NJPN explaining that they are PRE-approved to take approximately five free classes each grant year (based on funding availability). The pre-approval letter will detail the approved providers participating in the NJPN scholarship program. This list is also posted on our website.Additionally, students will receive scholarship certificates, which they will then give to the approved providers when they want to attend a class. When a student registers for a class, they must let the provider know they have a scholarship and then bring the scholarship certificate with them to the class.Once a student has used all certificates they were given, they may contact NJPN to see if additional scholarship funds are available.

Q. The CPS Student Application says NJPN will be following up with me to monitor my progress towards becoming a CPS. Why?

A. The goal of this scholarship program is to increase the number of Certified Prevention Specialists in New Jersey. Therefore, NJPN will periodically contact all scholarship recipients to verify progress toward completing all CPS classes and if they have registered to take the written exam that one must pass in order to become a CPS.

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