Certified Recovery Specialist Program

Certified Recovery Specialist Program

This training is for professionals who are interested in applying for the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) and/or the Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). While most concepts apply to both certifications, there will be times where it is noted/called out for differences/additions. The main purpose of certification is public protection: to ensure individuals are not harmed in any way while receiving recovery support services.

Once certified, Recovery Specialists are held to a Code of Ethics. While the credential is active, the code must always be adhered to – even if the Recovery Specialist is no longer providing recovery support services.  

The Role of the Recovery Specialist

The Recovery Specialist is an individual with personal, lived experience of their own recovery. By offering insight into the recovery process, Recovery Specialists are able to share a unique perspective with those with similar life experiences. Recovery Specialists accept and agree that their experience as a person in recovery from a substance use disorder will be known by their colleagues, individuals served, and others with whom they may share that they have achieved this credential.

The Recovery Specialist is a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator. Recovery Specialists advocate for the individual, the recovery system, recovery-oriented services and assist to identify and reduce stigma. Recovery Specialists advocate to eliminate barriers, increase natural supports and build community. Services provided by the Recovery Specialist substantially improve an individual’s and family’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness. 

Man reflecting on his recoveryTraining Overview

  • 78 instructional hours; including 66 in class hours and 12 hours of homework. Introductions, ice-breakers, breaks, etc. do not count towards the 78 hours.
  • Learners are provided a Learner Manual prior to the training. Approved trainers will coordinate this process.
  • This training is designed to prepare Recovery Specialists for work in the behavioral health field. 

Technology Requirements

  • Be comfortable with computers, computer application and other technology
  • Ability to complete online homework (12 hours)
  • Laptop or desktop device. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones cannot be used. 

Class Schedule

  • A new class will begin in Spring 2022. Please check back for dates and times. 

How to Enroll

Call us at 724-925-4000.  Information will be provided about the additional application process.

Tuition: $1,050 

Enrollment Deadline: TBA