Credentialing is an important part of ensuring the quality of services provided to the people we serve. Making the decision to become certified, demonstrates your level of commitment to professional excellence. For too long the field of prevention has been overlooked as a “job” for those who play with kids and have fun. Prevention is now a career, and a profession built on evidence-based strategies designed to improve health outcomes. Becoming a credential professional is a logical step in validating the work we do to address the issues of substance abuse that plague the communities we serve.