Certified Recovery Specialist

The CRS/CFRS credential is for individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorders or family members of people suffering from SUDS who wish to help others move into and through the recovery process as peer support. Completion of this course will facilitate the student towards Pennsylvania state certification as a Certified Recovery Specialist or as a Certified Family Recovery Specialist. Understanding the requirements of the certification along with the role of the CRS/CFRS in practice is critical before committing to training. 

Requirements

As a CRS, an individual accepts and agrees that their experience as a person in recovery from a substance use condition will be known by their colleagues, persons served, and others with whom they may share that they have achieved this credential. A person with lived experience must attest that they have personal, lived recovery experience in a continuous manner for a minimum of 18 months to be eligible for the CRS credential.

As a CFRS, an individual accepts and agrees they have life experience as a family member or loved one of a person suffering from a substance use condition.  With this certification, the individual will be equipped to assist families move through the process of recovery.

About the credential

For the CFRS credential, upon completion of training participants must satisfy the CFRS requirements established by the PA Certification Board (pacertboard. org/certifications) and apply for the credential. The application fee is not included in the course fee. CFRS certification is valid for two years. Re-certification is the responsibility of the student.

Upon completion of training, participants must satisfy the requirements established by the PA Certification Board (pacertboard. org/certifications) and pass the State CRS exam. The fee for the exam is not included in the course fee. CRS certification is valid for two years. Re-certification is the responsibility of the student.

To be notified when the next session of this program is open for registration, please email healthcare@northampton.edu.