Become a Certified Recovery Specialist

Do you have a history of addiction recovery and want to help others?

The Certified Recovery Specialist Program being offered through the Penn State Shenango and Beaver campuses is a 54-hour, peer support program designed to meet the current educational requirements for the CRS credentials set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).

Participants will receive education in:

  • Recovery Management (18 Hours)
  • Education and Advocacy (12 Hours)
  • Professional Ethics and Responsibility (6 Hours)
  • Confidentiality (6 Hours)
  • Relevant to the Field of Addiction (12 Hours)

Please note that Penn State Beaver is the education provider and the training is one part of the larger process to become a successful CRS. Participants must meet all of the other requirements before being certified.

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

  • 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 *
  • Sign an ethical code of conduct

For more information on the program, including a schedule and costs, visit the program’s website.