New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.
The CPS is an individual that helps communities and individuals prevent issues in public health using various domains
Applicants must live or work at 51% of the time with the state of New Mexico
Minimum education required as a high school diploma or equivalent. Verification must be submitted.
Work Experience: 12 months/2000 hours of prevention experience across the domains
Five (5) years; all prevention specific trainings/workshops/education must be completed within 5 years of application submission
Education: 120 contact hours of prevention-specific training across all IC&RC domains
College/university credits from an applicable ATOD prevention-related course may be applied for a maximum 45 hours.
Supervised Practical Experience: Verification of 120 hours of supervision specific to the prevention domains ( a minimum of 10) hours in each of the six IC&RC domains. The domains a re as follows:
References: Three (3) letters of recommendation from supervisors, peer and an outside agency. These letters must be sent with the application. The letter should document the character, professionalism and competency of the applicant.
Code of Ethics: The application must read and sign the NMCBBHP Code of Ethical Conduct included in the application packet
Testing : Applicants will demonstrate knowledge and skills based on the domains and core function of prevention by pass the IC&RC written exam. Computer based testing is available in the state of New Mexico.
Fees: $55 application review fee; $160 Examination fee $160 Re-test
Recertification: Forty (40) hours of continuing education earned every two year, including 6 hours of training in prevention ethics
You can download the CPS application or apply online using Certemy.
Practice exams were developed to mimic IC&RC Computer Base Testing platform to enhance a candidate's preparation experience. Candidates have 60 minutes to complete the 50 question practice exam. At the completion of each practice exam, candidates are provided with a score report detailing their performance based on the various content areas of the examination. See practice exams here
Prevention professionals proactively intervene to prevent, delay the onset of, of or reduce the severity of many common public health concerns and other societal issues. Prevention professionals may focus their practice in a variety of specialty areas including substance abuse, behavioral health, violence, bullying, crime and illness. Prevention professionals work in a variety of setting including schools, workplaces, hospitals, faith base organization, community-based organization, and institutions of higher education. Prevention professional assess the needs of the individuals and communities they serve in order to select, implement and evaluation evidence-based intervention that are appropriate and relevant. Prevention professionals must be culturally competent and aware of the developmental factors.
The CPS is a reciprocal level credential offered through the NMCBBHP and provides reciprocity with all other IC&RC member boards who offer the reciprocal level prevention certification.
Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)