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Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS)
Certified Recovery Specialist
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Certified Recovery Specialist

New Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential is for individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorders 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 peer recovery specialist. Understanding the requirements of the certification along with the role of the CRS in practice is critical before committing to training.

View and download the program flyer (PDF)


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.

About the credential

Upon completion of training, participants must satisfy the requirements established by the PA Certification Board ( and pass the State CRS exam. The one-time fee of $125.00 for the exam is not included in the course fee. CRS license is valid for 2 years. Renewal is the responsibility of the student.

Spring 2021 Program information

Tues., Thurs., March 2 - May 27*, 6-9pm
Fowler Family Southside Center, Room 363
Fee: $899 (excludes certification examination)
Register now!

*Program start and end dates have been pushed back.  New dates are March 16 - June 3.

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