Courage to Quit® Leader Trainings

Give others the Courage to Quit®.

Learn to deliver successful adult smoking cessation programs to patients, clients and employees. Courage to Quit® is an evidence-based group or individual tobacco treatment program for adults. The program is available in multiple formats with flexible content that can be customized for your delivery needs. Courage to Quit® is the cessation component of RHA’s integrated tobacco intervention program.

Upcoming Leader Training Dates

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, RHA has made the decision to move our CTQ Leader trainings to a virtual format. These virtual trainings will take place over the course of two days. In order to successfully complete the training, participants must attend both days and participate throughout the training.

The next Courage to Quit® Leader Training is scheduled for:

  • December 7th and 8th, 2023 – Registration will open October 23rd, 2023.

Please contact Syntyche Kanku at if you have any questions.

Two-Day, Comprehensive Training

Designed for health educators, community health workers, social workers and other health professionals, the Courage to Quit® Leader Training will prepare you to facilitate group and/or one-on-one programs to assist people who are interested in quitting smoking.

You’ll learn about:

  • Evidence-based tobacco treatment
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cessation medications
  • Program planning and implementation
  • Facilitation skills

Research shows that on average it can take over six attempts before a smoker successfully quits for good. As a Courage to Quit® Leader, you’ll work collaboratively with individuals to build on past attempts, create confidence, and develop skills and readiness. After completing the program, participants report higher-than-average cigarette use reduction and quit rates.

The Courage to Quit® program is available in multiple formats with flexible content. You will be able to customize delivery for individuals or participant groups in health centers, community settings and/or workplaces.


Virtual Training

The cost for the virtual training is $125 and includes training materials and continuing education credits.

The training is split over two days, and is 3.5 hours each day. Trainings will be held on Zoom, and consists of the same materials and exercises as the in person training.

Upon completion of the training, Courage to Quit leaders will sign a program leader agreement.

Continuing Education

Respiratory Care Practitioners – Continuing Education Hours
Respiratory Health Association is an approved continuing education sponsor recognized by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 4.5 continuing education hours of credit will be awarded upon completion of the full day training (or two day virtual training).

Nurses – Contact Hours
This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 5.33 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

IAODAPCA – Continuing Education Hours
This continuing education program has been reviewed and approved by the Illinois Certification Board. 5.75 continuing education units will be awarded upon completion of the full day training to the following categories: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I, II or III, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CVSS I or II, ATE, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, RDDP, CFPP II, NCRS II.

Cancellation Policy

We require 7 business days cancellation notice for all Courage to Quit® Leader Training registrations. If you must cancel your registration more than 7 business days prior to the training date, you may choose to have your registration fee refunded in full or transferred to a future training date. If you must cancel your registration within 7 business days of the training date, we regret that we will be unable to refund your registration fee. However, we are happy to transfer your registration to a future training date.

For questions regarding Courage to Quit® Leader Trainings or to discuss a cancellation, contact Syntyche Kanku, Senior Program Coordinator, at or call 312-628-0227.