Provider MAT Waiver Training

The University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine is collaborating with the Colorado Health Extension System (CHES), and the Implementing Technology and Medication Assisted Treatment and Team Training in Rural Colorado (IT MATTTRs Colorado) project to help address the opioid epidemic affecting our state. This is a response to calls from our healthcare communities for help in diagnosing opioid use disorders (OUD) and supporting patients in medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs. With funding provided by the Office of Behavioral Health, we have already trained over 800 providers to complete the MAT waiver training to become certified to prescribe medication for the treatment of OUD. In addition, we will provide support through tools, resources and team training to practice staff on implementing MAT programs.


Who is Eligible?

Providers and providers in training which include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists are all eligible to complete the buprenorphine waiver training. Physicians require 8 hours of MAT training; NPs, CNSs, CNMs, CRNAs, and PAs require 24 hours of MAT training.

Compensation is no longer provided for completing the training but the trainings below remain free. If you have any questions please email


Get Trained

Option One- HYBRID - Part in person, Part on-line. 


A hybrid training where the first 4 hours are in person, and the remaining are online: 4 hours for MDs/DOs; and 20 hours online for NPs, PAs, CNMs

*Our "in-person" trainings will now be live virtual trainings. Please see below for upcoming dates-



Date and Time:  February 13th, 2021 8:00am-12:00pm

Who: Dr. Leslie Brooks

Where: This will be a live virtual training over Zoom

How: Register here

We will send out a Zoom link closer to the training date.

For CME Information Click Here

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is the sponsoring data organization for these trainings. Funding for these courses were made possible (in part) by 1U79TI026556 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government CME Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AAAP and University of Colorado Denver. AAAP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. .
Option Two – Online Training Options

  • Submit Your Application for your Waiver Here:
    • Upon completion of the MAT waiver training, providers must apply for a waiver through the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prescribe buprenorphine.  You will need the following information:
      • All will need a Certificate of Completion for the 8 hour MAT training.
      • NPs, PAs, CNSs, CNMs, and CRNAs will need a Certificate of Completion for the additional 16-hour training required.
    • The waiver applications are forwarded to the DEA, which assigns the prescriber a special identification number.  The DEA regulations require that this number, and the provider's regular DEA registration number, be included on all buprenorphine prescriptions.
    • The application process takes about 45 days.  If the application is approved, the provider will receive a letter that confirms their waiver and contains the new buprenorphine prescribing identification number. Prescribers are capped at 30 MAT patients for the first year. After the first year of being limited to 30 patients you can apply online to increase to 100 patients, and a year after that you can apply again to increase to up to 275 patients at any one time. 
    • Residents won’t actually complete their Notice of Intent (NOI) form until they have their unrestricted DEA license.  At the conclusion of the training, they will get a survey which will generate their certificate.  They should hold on to this certificate and then when it’s time to apply for their waiver they can submit it with their NOI form. Residents may apply for the remaining $240 Waiver incentive within 3 months of completing their training.