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Basic Smoking Cessation Counselling Course

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The Basic Smoking Cessation Counselling course is a foundation course that equips interested participants with the knowledge and skills to provide basic smoking cessation counselling for smokers. There are no pre-requisites for this course.


At the end of this course, you will be familiar with:

  • The extent of smoking and tobacco use, both globally and locally
  • What is smoking cessation and how to achieve it
  • The different stages of behaviour change
  • The quitting process
  • The role of pharmacotherapy in smoking cessation
  • Basic counselling skills to take a smoker through brief and intensive counselling
  • Different tools and counselling techniques

Course structure

  • An online e-learning module
  • An online assessment in the form of 30 multiple-choice questions, to be taken on completion of the e-learning module.
    • Only participants who have successfully completed and passed the assessment can progress to the next training component.
  • A half-day facilitated learning session that allows participants to apply and reinforce the counselling skills they have learnt in a face-to-face, role play setting.

Note that as the e-learning module provides the conceptual framework and theoretical background to the facilitated learning session, you are advised to complete the module and pass the assessment before attending the facilitated learning session.

Approved course providers and course schedule

National Healthcare Group College

Contact persons:

Schedule for 2022

 Run  Date Time Venue  Closing Date HPB eLearning Period NHG eLearning Period
FY2022 Run 1  Mon, 18 Apr 2022 2pm - 6pm
Via Zoom platform Fri, 25 Mar 2022 Mon, 28 Mar 2022 – Fri, 8 Apr 2022 Sat, 9 Apr 2022 – Sun, 17 Apr 2022
FY2022 Run 2  Wed, 27 Jul 2022 Fri, 1 July 2022 Wed, 6 Jul 2022 – Sun, 17 Jul 2022 Mon, 18 Jul 2022 – Tue, 26 Jul 2022
FY2022 Run 3  Thur, 10 Nov 2022 Fri, 14 Oct 2022  Thur, 20 Oct 2022 – Mon, 31 Oct 2022 Tue, 1 Nov 2022 – Wed, 9 Nov 2022

  Course fees:     $160.50 (with 7% GST) for virtual facilitated session

                           $214.00 (with 7% GST) for face-to-face facilitated session

* Participants have two weeks to complete the e-learning module and online assessment. Access will be given three weeks before the chosen practical course date. 

For further enquiries, you can email HPB at