A PROVISIONAL PREVENTION SPECIALIST (PPS) is a prevention worker who has received a provisional certification in order to acquire the experience and education necessary to apply for certification as a Certified Prevention Specialist (PS-C). Therefore, there are no minimum experience or education requirements.  This entry-level certification is not reciprocal with any other state or nation and does not require an examination. It can be renewed once and entails a commitment to seek the experience and education/training required for the PS-C status. PPS candidates must:

  • Complete a PPS Application
  • Provide a signed agreement that they will abide by the PPS Code of Ethics


Effective March 1, 2018: In order for a Provisional Prevention Specialist to re-certify for another two years of Provisional status, the applicant must have completed the SAPST (or Board-approved SAPST equivalent) and Prevention Ethics within the first year of PPS certification and an additional 12 hours of training in ATOD within the first two years of PPS certification.

The forms packet below contains copies of all forms needed in the application process. HOWEVER, for fillable forms that you can submit, please go to the DOWNLOADS section of this site.

Forms Packet for PPS – Non-fillable – Due to changes to the Provisional ReCertification Requirements, the application for Provisional Certification will need to be requested by emailing info@mainepreventioncertification.org.

The following links provide the information you need to apply or reapply for PPS certification.

Maine Prevention Certification Manual