Leading Edge, Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatment Training

Event: Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program

When: June 7-15, 2021

Where: Virtual

Cost: $1,250. Inquire about our partial scholarships!

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  • Pre-Course Work
    4 hours, self-paced online


  • Live Online Training Session 1 - June 7, 2021
    12pm t0 5pm ET (via Zoom)

  • Live Online Training Session 2 - June 8, 2021

       12pm t0 5pm ET (via Zoom)

  • Mid-Course Work
    4 hours, self-paced online


  • Live Online Training Session 3 - June 14, 2021
    12pm t0 5pm EDT (via Zoom)

  • Live Online Training Session 4 - June 15, 2021

  • 12pm t0 5pm EDT (via Zoom)


The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program is now available as a virtual, web-based experience. Through a combination of interactive video classes and online self-paced training, Duke-UNC TTS offers leading edge continuing education in a fun and engaging online experience.

The Duke-UNC TTS Program 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 delivered through a blend of self-paced online learning and interactive virtual sessions comprised of didactic content, problem-based learning activities, applied practice problems, and practice counseling. All participants receive our comprehensive tobacco treatment textbook, which may be used as a valuable reference after the completion of the course.  

Program Accreditation
The Duke-UNC TTS Program is fully accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs, and the 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.



Completion of this course fulfills the training requirement for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP), offered by the Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC). The national certificate also requires passing an examination and providing evidence documenting 240 hours of tobacco treatment practice experience following the training. Please visit the NAADAC website for additional information about the national certificate.



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


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 for 28.75 hours. 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. Please visit our website for more specific information about credit hours for other medical and behavioral health professionals.


Program Cost
Cost for the virtual training is $1,250, to be paid upon registration. Partial scholarships are available for eligible applicants. Ask us about our group discounts for multiple participants registering together from one organization!

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The June 2020 Virtual Training Event was an exciting step forward for Duke-UNC TTS. Read the Success Story! Download »

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Duke-UNC TTS Onsite Training: Our History and the Future


The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program launched its first on-site training in 2016 and is committed to making TTS education accessible to anyone, whether in North Carolina, the US, and beyond. We plan to continue to offer our virtual training option for the foreseeable future. Plans for post-COVID location-based trainings include Durham and Asheville, North Carolina.

What Our Participants Are Saying About Duke-UNC TTS Virtual Training

"I want to first commend you and everyone on all their hard work. That program was incredible and so well run. Each speaker was a true professional in the area and was great at presenting... and this is hard on Zoom. It was so educational for me and my team."

--Brett Schussel, MSN, FNP-BC, University of California Los Angeles

"This is the most professional and best Zoom course I've taken. All of the speakers were very knowledgeable and very good presenters."

--Mary McElrath

"This has been an excellent program!! I really liked the fact that it flowed over two weeks. It made it easier to absorb all of the information. Very impressive collaborative effort."

--Joanne Zick, MHA, RRT, RPFT, RCIS, WakeMed Health & Hospitals

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