Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training:3-Day Foundation Course

The FSU College of Medicine AHEC Tobacco Program is an internationally recognized training program that is accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training meets all of the requirements set forth in the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as well as the national competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialist acknowledged by The Association for Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). If you have any questions about the training, please contact Rebecca Carter,, 850-645-0012.

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS) are professionals who are specially trained to provide treatment for individuals seeking to stop using tobacco.

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists:

  1. Understand the science behind tobacco addiction, nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and effective treatments for tobacco use
  2. Provide clear and accurate information about the causes and consequences of tobacco use
  3. Develop individualized treatment plans using comprehensive, evidence-based assessments and treatment strategies including:
    • Clear and accurate information about effective medications
    • Effective, practical, cognitive-behavioral strategies for quitting and staying quit
  4. Provide effective treatment for all forms of tobacco and nicotine use
  5. Work with a variety of specific populations including those with specific health issues
  6. Use specific, well-accepted methods for tracking individual progress, record keeping, program documentation, outcome measurement and reporting
  7. Serve as educational resources for organizations, healthcare providers, and the general public regarding tobacco use treatment issues

Ask if your CTTS has been trained by a training program accredited by the Council of Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). If so, your CTTS has demonstrated a high-level of proficiency in the treatment of tobacco dependence by completing coursework, documenting experience and passing an examination.

Certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist is available in the State of Florida through the Florida Certification Board. The CTTS designation is a professional credential for persons who provide effective, evidence-based intervention for tobacco dependencies across a range of intensities and educate others about tobacco dependence and treatments.

For more information visit the Florida Certification Board Website.

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program at the Florida State University College of Medicine has developed the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training: 3-Day Foundation Course which provides an in-depth understanding of tobacco dependence as well as the essential science-based treatment tools necessary to help smokers achieve freedom from tobacco use. Additionally, our training offers an optional 4-hour Quit Smoking NOW (QSN) Facilitator training on the fourth day. This session prepares tobacco treatment specialist (TTS) to offer the six-session QSN classes in their communities.

The training format allows for an interactive and comprehensive educational experience. Participants can expect to leave the training feeling competent to effectively treat patients for tobacco dependence. The curriculum provides knowledge of evidence-based treatment methods and provides participants with necessary skills and tools needed to assess and treat smokers.

Training Details

Our TTS training meets all of the requirements set forth in the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as well as the national standards for competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialists. Trainers for the 3-Day Foundation Course are FSU College of Medicine faculty and staff and faculty from FAMU College of Pharmacy.

The training includes the mandatory 24 hours of training and the following 11 Core Competencies:

  • Knowledge and Education
  • Counseling Skills 
  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning 
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Relapse Prevention 
  • Diversity and Special Health Issues 
  • Documentation and Evaluation
  • Professional Resources
  • Law and Ethics
  • Professional Development 


Health professionals who treat people for tobacco dependence including physicians, physician's assistants, nurses, mental health counselors, respiratory therapists, health educators, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, dietitians or others with an interest in tobacco and health can benefit from this training. The training will prepare participants to provide their patients/clients with effective evidenced-based interventions for tobacco dependence.  CE is available for the following:


Florida State University College of Medicine Area Health Education Center is a Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, and Respiratory Care approved provider of continuing education. CE Broker Provider ID #50-21016. This program meets the requirements for up to 24.5 contact hours. FSU College of Medicine AHEC is a provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., MEP #122098.

Jorge J. Garcia MD; Clinical Assistant Professor; University of Miami

I want to take this opportunity to thank and complement each of you for the quality of training that you all provided at the recent conference which I attended in Tallahassee for Tobacco Treatment Specialist. The material that was covered was comprehensive and presented in a clear, concise, and well organized fashion. The speakers were all very knowledgeable, they covered their topics thoroughly and the slide presentations were very informative and visually appealing. I learned a lot and feel that my fund of knowledge and ability to evaluate and manage tobacco users was significantly enhanced by my attendance to this training. I also found very helpful the exercises that we performed with the other attendees. The syllabus, venue and organization were excellent. Of note was the unusual access to the speakers throughout the conference and the spirit of camaraderie that developed. Look forward to participating in future activities.

Mary P. Martinasek PhD, CPH, CHES; Dept. of Health Sciences and Human Performance; University of Tampa

Please thank all the speakers for a great 3-day training in tobacco cessation. It was well organized and I really appreciate the information. You all are the experienced experts in tobacco cessation and I learned many new approaches and tips!

Nancy Zoffer; Respiratory Therapist; Tampa General Hospital

I just want to let you know I took away so much great information. I left Tallahassee feeling great about the training I just received. You all should be proud of the comprehensive, informative program you put together. A lot of hard work went into it and it showed. I came back to the Tampa Bay area telling all my colleagues what a positive experience I had. I would recommend anyone in the healthcare industry to take your training.

Kim Pacewicz, Lung Health Navigator, Martin Health System, Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center

I just wanted to truly thank all of you for your time and the dedication you put into this program. As an oncology certified nurse I have been through many training courses and this one was amazing. I learned so much and got a lot out of it that I will be utilizing in our lung health program. Sitting in class from 8-6 isn't easy but I did not look at my watch once and say "when is this over"! It's entertaining, all speakers are so well versed and experienced it was motivating to me as a professional. I was honored to be a part of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training.

 Robert F. Thomas, Health Services Manager, Tobacco Prevention Program, Florida Department of Health Duval

I am still enjoying my enhanced knowledge and I have been asked to speak somewhere EVERY month since my training. I have so much more confidence now when I am asked to speak. The training helped me to connect the dots.