Gambling Awareness Certificate of Competency for Prevention Professionals and Community Members

One role of the Regional Gambling Awareness Teams is to increase capacity in the Region for prevention and treatment professionals and other stakeholder and community members to (1) recognize gambling as a risk behavior and potential co-occurring disorder; and (2) infuse gambling awareness into all alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) training and programs in the Region, across the lifespan and the continuum of care.

To assist in this capacity-building effort, each Region is to designate up to ten Team members who will work towards earning their “Gambling Awareness Certificate of Competency” as developed by DMHAS Problem Gambling Services (PGS).

Twenty-five hours of gambling-specific trainings are required for the Gambling Awareness Certificate of Competency, and CEU’s earned in this capacity can be applied to the Prevention Specialist Certification through the Ct Certification Board (CCB) as well as the more clinically oriented Specialty Certificate in Problem Gambling Application, also offered by the CCB.

Gambling Awareness Certificate of Competency requirements include regular attendance at designated Regional Gambling Awareness Team Quarterly meetings, and 25 hours of gambling specific trainings such as:

  • PGS trainings offered in-person and on-line through the DMHAS Office of Workforce Development (, the Prevention Training Technical Assistance Service Center (TTASC) (, the Ct Women’s Consortium ( and other partner agencies;
  • Participation in gambling-related conferences, such as the annual Ct Council on Problem Gambling conference, usually held in October. Other conferences and on-line training opportunities are also offered by The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and The New York Council on Problem Gambling. For other state Council offerings, visit the NCPG website,
  • Regional Gambling Awareness Team Trainings;
  • Other CEU opportunities as approved by PGS.

For more information, contact your Regional Gambling Awareness Team facilitator.