Frequently Asked Questions
MPCB serves the public interest by developing, administering, and maintaining certification programs that reflect current standards of competent practice for prevention specialists and those working in related public health capacities. MPCB’s mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Montana by regulating our certified professionals through experience, education, and compliance with professional and ethical standards. It is the position of IC&RC and MPCB that regulatory and funding agencies, whether on the national or local level, should require prevention professionals to be certified to ensure services are provided appropriately and ethically.
MPCB uses Certemy as our certification management software to house all applications for Montana Certified Prevention Specialists. Your Certemy account will remain active and contain all of your certification information throughout the application and recertification process. To learn more on how to use Certemy, click here.
The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and its members are committed to protecting the public through the establishment of quality, competency-based certification programs for professionals engaged in prevention. The IC&RC also promotes establishing and recognizing minimum standards to provide reciprocity for certified professionals. Reciprocity means individuals who hold IC&RC credentials can transfer their credentials to any of the IC&RC’s 73 member organizations.
We provide credentials for individuals working in the field of prevention according to the high standards set by IC&RC. Once certified, professionals are required to strictly observe a Code of Ethical Conduct and participate in annual continuing education (CE).
Applicants are encouraged to use a personal, more permanent email for their application/certification account. Emails attached to an applicant’s employment might block communications from MPCB due to strict firewall protections, leaving MPCB and/or Certemy no way to contact the applicant with status updates. Additionally, if an applicant experiences a change in employment and does not update their contact information in the application, MPCB has no way of contacting you with certification updates.
For information regarding Reciprocity, please visit the IC&RC Reciprocity page.
Once approved, your certificate and other documents can be found in your Digital Wallet within your Certemy account. It is recommended that you download a copy for your records.
Live conference or training, webinar, or online, self-paced are acceptable training formats. Offline, self-paced trainings or independent studies are not acceptable forms of training for this certification.
If you have questions regarding trainings or work experience, please contact us.
Questions about a particular training may be sent via our contact form.
However, please note our program manager is not permitted to tell you where to post trainings within the application, i.e. complete the application for you. If you are unable to find the answer you're looking for from the comprehensive IC&RC resources, our program manager will seek direction from the MPCB Education/Eligibility Committee.
Renewal notices are sent electronically several months before the renewal date. However, ultimately, it is the responsibility of the certified professional to know when their certification is up for renewal. It is important to make sure your email address is up-to-date.
Once professionals have paid their fees in their Certemy account, receipts are in the Digital Wallet tab within the professional’s Certemy account. Receipts are listed as Stripe transactions and can be downloaded for the professional’s records.
All certified professionals should review the re-certification application well in advance of the expiration date. We provide a 90-day grace period window. A Reinstatement Fee of $150 is due if the recertification is late between 3-12 months. After 12 months, re-certification is not possible, and an applicant would have to reapply for the CPS credential, meeting all current requirements. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified.