Tobacco treatment specialist training program in Durham, NC

The Duke – UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program is a collaboration of three leaders in tobacco treatment, education, and research:


- Duke Smoking Cessation Program

- University of North Carolina Tobacco Treatment Program

- North Carolina Division of Public Health


The primary aim of the program is to train medical, behavioral, and public health professionals to provide evidence-based treatment for tobacco use and dependence. 



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.


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

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

Course Credit

The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has been reviewed and designated as a jointly accredited activity by Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development. In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.


  • Physicians: Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team. Participants who complete training and register for Continuing Medical Education (CME) will receive 27.75 hours of CME. CME credits can be used by physicians, pharmacists who are clinical pharmacist practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, NC respiratory therapists, and some other healthcare providers.

  • Nurses: Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 27.75 hours

  • Pharmacists: Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE); 27.75 hours

  • Social Workers: The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has been endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers--North Carolina chapter for 27.75 social work contact hours. 

  • Behavioral health providers (including psychologists and addiction counselors), educators, and others: We strongly encourage individuals to inquire with their specific licensing boards to determine whether this activity is accepted for credit before registering for the course.


Program Cost
Cost for the training is $1,250 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! $150 Early Bird Discount for March training is available until January 15, 2021!

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As a former smoker, I wasn’t sure I was the right person to try and help others quit. But the education and expertise provided through the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has given me the confidence to know I am capable of helping others looking to make positive changes in their health and in their lives. I can’t wait to get our program started.

--Steve Jagord, Program Manager, Pride Center of Western New York

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

What our Participants are Saying About Us...

The TTS virtual training was a great experience and I learned a lot. Being all the way in Hawaii it is not always easy to have access to courses and training. The Duke-UNC TTS Staff made this possible and I am grateful that I could accomplish this training which was important to the organization and myself.


-Courtney Caranguian, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii


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