Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program  |  2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705  |  cttsprogram@duke.edu  |  919.668.5042


The Duke – UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program is a collaboration of the Duke Smoking Cessation Program, the University of North Carolina Tobacco Treatment Program, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services, all leaders in tobacco treatment, education, and research. The primary aim of the program is to train health professionals to provide evidence-based treatment for tobacco use and dependence. 


STRUCTURE The TTS Program consists of four days of on-site training and combines findings from the most current evidence-based research on pharmacotherapy, population-based issues, practical guidance on running a practice and targeted skills in tobacco dependence counseling.  Information is provided in a workbook and through interactive lectures, as well as problem-based learning activities, applied practice problems, and practice counseling. A comprehensive tobacco treatment manual, including an online resource guide solely for TTS participants, is provided during the course and may be used as a reference guide after the completion of the course. Click here to see more about our curriculum.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION The Duke-UNC TTS Program is fully accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs, and our training provides education in all core competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialists as set forth by The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). The competencies serve as a measure to provide best practices for effective treatment of tobacco use. Click here to read more.


CERTIFICATION Completion of our course fulfills the training requirement for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP), offered by the Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC). We will provide you with appropriate documentation following your completion of the training. The National Certificate also requires passing an examination. Please visit the NAADAC website for additional information about the national certificate, or contact Yao Kouassi at ykouassi@naadac.org

PREREQUISITES  Course participants must attest to being tobacco free for at least 6 months prior to participating in the program.


CME CREDIT Participants who complete training and register for Continuing Medical Education (CME) will receive 27.25 hours of CME. CME credits are applicable to physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, nurses, educators, and others. The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has been endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers--North Carolina chapter for 27.25 social work contact hours. If you have questions about whether your licensing board accepts our course for credit, please inquire with that board before completing the course.


PROGRAM COST Cost for the training is $1,100 to be paid upon registration. Registration fee includes on-site training, training manual, application processing, CME coordination, and light refreshments and lunch. Please inquire about our partial scholarships!

March 16-19, 2020
Durham, NC // Register
June 8-11, 2020
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October 26-29, 2020
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What our Participants are Saying About Us...

I feel so fortunate to have attended the Duke UNC tobacco treatment training. The training and educational experience helped me to understand the addiction process and the changes in the brain chemistry caused by addiction to nicotine. It also made me aware of new evidence in tobacco treatment which I now feel confident using with my patients and sharing with their providers. This has helped me to assist patients to become smoke free that would not of had a chance without this knowledge. The training was excellent and I feel it was invaluable for helping to treat our tobacco dependent population.

--Colleen, Winston-Salem, NC


The training was exceptional with lots of resources! I make it a habit to screen for tobacco use in all my patients regardless of setting (oncology, BH or family practice). The tobacco service by TTS is important and we had really good feedback from all providers about the service. Most importantly, helping patients quit using tobacco has been rewarding for both their physical health and mental health.

--Chue Black, Winston-Salem, NC