Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is designed as an entry-level credential. Courses required for the CPRS will not count towards a LCADC or CADC. The CPRS is not a clinical practice credential and cannot substitute for the LCADC or CADC in NJ State regulations. Private practice counselors must have a license approved by the Division of Consumer Affairs to provide independent counseling. The CPRS may be used for those who work in Addiction and Co-Occurring related settings, but do not perform the duties of a CADC. The CPRS does not allow you to act independently, but rather, under agency supervision.   The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is designed as an entry-level credential. Both of the following provide the 46 hours of required coursework that is CCAR or CARES approved training. Apply online at Certemy for CPRS

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Approved Training Agencies:

The Four Domains of Recovery Mentoring performances are:

Advocacy • Ethical Responsibility • Mentoring and Education • Recovery/Wellness Support

Requirements: There is a $200 initial application review fee.


  • Minimum of 500 hours of work experience in a pre-approved facility within the past two years.
  • Completion of a pre-approved 25 hour Supervised Practicum provided by licensed or approved agency.


Completion of 46 hours of pre-approved CPRS training  uploaded to Step 2 in the certemy application. and….H.S. Diploma or GED. (send copy of highest degree).


As of January 15, 2021, those without the minimum HSD or GED may still qualify by having their supervisor send a letter verifying that you…Have Two years in the Recovery Field, Are able to accurately write and read client reports and, Understands and Displays the Basic Ethics Requirements for the CPRS. Please Note:  Applications are available at https://apcbnj.certemy.com/entry/self-enrollments/CPRS-Certified-Peer-Recovery-Specialist/199f18d4-7ec5-49e8-b1e5-9e26c7fff737

Exam: The IC&RC Exam is required for the International ICPRS, which is acknowledged by the States and Countries that accept it. See the list at: https://internationalcredentialing.org/

You may apply for the NJ Only CPRS at this time without taking the IC&RC PRS exam, but the credential will only be recognized in NJ. You can take the exam and automatically be upgraded to the ICPRS at a later date.

Renewal Requirements: 18 hours in the any of Four Domains of Peer Recovery Hours must fall within the two-year period (24 months) between Recertification. $200 non-refundable renewal fee.$15 late fee per month Renewal form can be found at this link:  https://certbd.org/applications/recertification/

Ethical Standards for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists

The Addiction Profession Certification Board, Inc. (APCB, Inc.) expects all Certified Peer Recovery Specialists to adhere to its Ethical Standards. All applicants for certification will need verify that they have read and understood this statement of ethical standards. See Ethical Standards for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.