Certified Recovery Specialist Program

Certified Recovery Specialist Program

Do you have a history of addictions recovery and want to help others? The 54-hour Certified Recovery Specialist is a peer support position formally recognized by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Participants will receive education in Recovery Management, Education & Advocacy, Professional Ethics & Responsibility, Confidentiality, and Addictions.

To apply for certification to become a CRS, individuals must meet the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements, which include:

  • A history of addictions recovery (Must have a minimum of 18 months, in a continuous manner, of personal, lived recovery experience)
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of the Certified Recovery Specialist 54-hour training program
  • Successful completion of the Pennsylvania Certification Board CRS exam
  • A signed copy of the ethical code of conduct

Dates: Saturdays, January 20–March 24, 2018 (No class on March 17th; snow make up date). There will be a voluntary exam prep session on Saturday, April 7th from 9 am – 12 pm.

Time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Registration Deadline: January 14th, 2018

Cost: $995 per person. *Exam: The PA Certification Board requires candidates to complete the CRS exam application. The cost of the exam is $125, payable directly to the Board with the application and requisite documents.

Location: Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center in Towanda, PA


For more information or to register by phone, contact our office at 570-268-7778 or email psnortherntier@psu.edu.