Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatment Training, Now Available from Anywhere

The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program is now making its program 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.

Next training is June 8-16! Registration closes June 1st. Register now »


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 Treat- ment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). The competencies serve as a measure to provide best practices for effec- tive 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 27.75 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 Edu- cation (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 $1,100, to be paid upon registration. Please inquire about our partial scholarships!


  • Pre-Course Work

    4 hours, self-paced online

  • Live Online Training Session 1 - June 8, 2020

    12pm t0 5pm EDT (via Zoom)

  • Live Online Training Session 2 - June 9, 2020
    12pm t0 5pm EDT (via Zoom)

  • Mid-Course Work

    4 hours, self-paced online

  • Live Online Training Session 3 - June 15, 2020

    12pm t0 5pm EDT (via Zoom)

  • Live Online Training Session 4 - June 16, 2020
    12pm t0 5pm EDT (via Zoom)



This training was an amazing experience. I look forward to assisting our clients, staff, community and Anuvia with techniques and solutions I learned.

--Andrea Skidmore, Clinical Manager, Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center

Basically I came away with a very strong sense of the need for an alliance (and not any sense of lecture) within the therapeutic relationship, and I feel more comfortable with some of the practical information needed to help in the fight of this tenacious illness. 

--Jan Jenkins, Registered Nurse, Rebound Men’s Program, Charlotte Rescue Mission

What Our Past Participants Are Saying About Us...


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

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