Certified Peer Recovery Specialist



The 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 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 Four Domains of Recovery Mentoring performances are:

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


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 listed on page 2.
  • S. Diploma or GED. (send copy of highest degree)

Recertification is required every 2 years.
Renewal Requirements: 20 hours in the any of Four Domains of Peer Recovery:

To apply  download and fill out the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist application and be sure to read the Ethical Standards For Certified Peer Recovery Specialists. After you make your payment you will receive an email with a link to upload your completed application.

If you unable to pay online( $206, includes credit card fee) please send your completed application along with your check ($ 200, no credit card fee) to the Certification Board.
If you are unable to scan the document but prefer to pay online please let us know in the notes section when you pay and mail your documents to the Certification Board.

This application is now being offered via our new partner, Certemy. Please see our applications page for more details.

SKU: CPRS Category:



Renewal Requirements:

Recertification is due every two years. Renewal is due 30 days prior to your expiration date, which appears on your certificate. 18 hours which must fall within the two year period (24 months) between recertifications in any of the Four Domains of Recovery Mentoring:

1. Advocacy
2. Ethical Responsibility
3. Mentoring and Education
4. Recovery/Wellness Support or any courses related to Addiction or Co-Occurring Disorder.