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: Mondays & Thursdays; June 4–August 13 and Saturdays; June 16 & July 14.  No class the weeks of 6/18 or 7/2.

Time: Mondays & Thursdays 5:00–8:00 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am–4:00 pm

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

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.

Registration Deadline: May 23, 2018


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