The Kansas Coalition of Prevention Programs and Services, Inc. (DBA: The Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas) has been an active board member of the International Certiﬁcation and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the certifying body for prevention professionals in Kansas since 2001.
The Regional Prevention Centers of Kansas recognized the existing wealth of prevention expertise in its own state and the need for a standardized level of competency among those working in substance abuse prevention in Kansas. A pilot group of Regional Prevention Center staﬀ and directors were selected to study and test for IC&RC certiﬁcation through Missouri/IC&RC in 2000. Acknowledging the need for a standardized level of competency and a process in which to assess that, the Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas worked with IC&RC to establish a certiﬁcation process in Kansas. Kansas/IC&RC Prevention Certiﬁcation became available in 2001. Reciprocity with Missouri also occurred that year.
Kansas has 3 levels of certiﬁcation. Level I Certiﬁed Prevention Technicians (CPT), which meets the IC&RC minimum criteria for competence; Level II Certiﬁed Prevention Specialists (CPS) and Level III Certiﬁed Prevention Professionals (CPP) which both exceed the minimum criteria established by IC&RC. The evolutionary step for Kansas was to create graduated levels of certiﬁcation that each required a more comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and attributes. This evolution has been an investment to ensure that prevention eﬀorts in Kansas are being led by persons who are highly competent and well-trained professionals.
The Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas is proud of the integrity and credibility that certiﬁed prevention staﬀ provide to the prevention network in Kansas.