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Clinicians are often hesitant to engage clients in tobacco cessation interventions due to a lack of perceived efficacy and training (Twardella & Brenner, 2005). Evidence-based training programs designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners in the delivery of tobacco cessation interventions can help instill confidence. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, The TEACH Project is a knowledge translation project offering Canada’s only internationally-accredited certificate program in cessation counselling (Herie et al., 2011; ATTUD). This 43.5 hour certificate program provides the context, background and evidence-based knowledge and skills needed to offer intensive tobacco cessation counselling.
In order to complete the TEACH Certificate Program, students must complete the online pre-requisite OTRU course, the Core Course, one Specialty Course, and all pre- and post-learning assessments. Students can apply for and complete their Specialty Course requirement at any future Certificate Program offerings.
2015 - 2016 Certificate Program Information: Please see "Courses". Please click "Francais" at the top right for information regarding the Francophone Certificate Program.
University of Toronto TEACH Certificate Program
Program completers receive: Certificate of Completion in Continuing Education in Intensive Tobacco Cessation Interventions, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine: Continuing Education and Professional Development.
Practitioners who are TEACH trained in Ontario earn a certificate from the University of Toronto in the delivery of intensive tobacco cessation interventions by completing the following three requirements:
Step 1
Complete OTRU online course: The OTRU course consists of four modules, which will take approximately 10.5 hours to complete.  Please click here for more information.
Step 2
Attend Core Course: An Interprofessional Comprehensive Course on Treating Tobacco Use Disorder. This course is a 3 day in-class training course (19.5 hours of required class time) or online equivalent, and requires completion of 2 online Learning Assessments (pre-course and post-course).
Step 3
Attend one Specialty Course: TEACH offers a variety of Specialty Courses related to specific populations.  Each Specialty Course is a 2 day in-class training (13.5 hours of required class time) or online equivalent, and requires completion of 2 online Learning Assessments (pre-course and post-course).  For a list of the Specialty Courses please click here.
                                    Overview of TEACH Certificate Program


Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). Available from:

Herie, M., Connolly, H., Voci, S., Dragonetti, R., Selby, P. (2011). Changing practitioner behavior and building capacity in tobacco cessation treatment: The TEACH Project. Patient Education and Counselling, doi:10.1016/j.pec.2011.04.018.

Twardella, D., & Brenner, H. (2005). Lack of training as a central barrier to the promotion of smoking cessation: a survey among general practitioners in Germany. European Journal of Public Health, 15 (2), 140–5.​​​