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.