Becoming an Education Provider: Application Procedure

In its effort to enhance the international prevention and treatment workforce international education providers are being identified to disseminate training and offer professional development and education in their countries and regions.

The appointment of Education Providers is to ensure that:

  • the training and education meets current and evidence-based standards
  • trainings are offered to those with the requisite skills and training to train others
  • the resources and materials used to develop trainings are based on current and evidences-based materials of an acceptable international standard

Who can be an Education Provider?

Any organisation that provides training in the drug demand reduction field can become an Education Provider. They may include the following:

  1. Training organisations
  2. Colleges and universities
  3. Organisations working in the field of drug demand reduction that conduct training events

One important pre-requisite is that the training content of an Approved Education Provider course must be relevant to the work of addiction professionals. Hence, potential providers are required to demonstrate this by the description of the course, goals and objectives, the outline of the course content and how the course relates to the UPC and UTC.

Another strategy that is being used to disseminate the UPC and UTC is through the university system where universities integrate the curricula into an existing course or a new course that can be offered at the undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate level. In other words, the participating university becomes an approved university education provider.

Some of the benefits gained by becoming an Education Provider include:

  • It highlights a continuing education provider’s commitment to quality education and dedication to excellence.
  • The provider status will identify a training programme as meeting the internationally-approved standards of education developed for those involved in sibstance use disordrs and prevention.
  • Programme participants are assured that the continuing education hours provided will be accepted towards credentialing. At the moment credentialing is provided by the ICCE Commission and is accepted in the countries where ICCE operates an other countries participating in ICCE initiatives.

Those identified as ICCE providers will also gain:

  • A listing in the ICCE Directory of Approved Education Providers which is published online
  • Co-host cost-sharing initiatives in collaboration with ICCE
  • The opportunity to post your events in the ICCE Chronicles
  • The use of the ‘Colombo Plan ICCE Education Provider’s logo on your website and in your publications

All Education Providers undertaking UPC and UTC and related training will be requested to provide student data to ISSUP for the purpose of record keeping and administration.

Education Providers are encouraged to prepare their students to take a Credentialing examination currently provided by ICCE.

With respect to becoming an Education Provider there are certain steps to be followed. This are under development with respect to Education Providers not operating through ICCE.

Click here for more information on Education Providers. 

Institutions wishing to become Education Providers from around the world are welcome to apply to the coordinator in their region, listed below. These institutions, primarily government agencies, Universities, and other appropriate organisations will be trained in disseminating the curriculum over the coming years.

Current Coordinators of UPC and UTC Education Provider Status

North America


Richard Spoth, Director
Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute
Iowa State University

rlspoth [at] iastate [dot] edu


Roger Peters, Director
UTC Coordinating Center for North American Universities
University of South Florida

rhp [at] usf [dot] edu

Latin America and the Caribbean

Alexandra Hill, Chief
Drug Demand Reduction
Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)
Organization of American States

ahill [at] oas [dot] org


Michal Miovsky, Head
Department of Addictology
1st Faculty of Medicine
Charles University in Prague

mmiovsky [at] adiktologie [dot] cz


George Murimi, Africa Project Manager
Drug Advisory Programme (DAP)
The Colombo Plan

george [dot] murimi [at] colomboplan [dot] org

Asia and Oceania

Cindy Biding, Asia/Oceania Project Manager
Drug Advisory Programme (DAP)
The Colombo Plan

cindy [dot] biding [at] colomboplan [dot] org