Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Requirements

Membership in APSC/NAADAC is not required to become certified; however, you do receive a significant amount of savings discount if you are an APSC/NAADAC member. To join, visit https://www.naadac.org/join-or-renew.

  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • Current or former client of services.
  • Meet one of the following requirements:
    – Have had a serious mental illness and/or addiction disorder, which meets the federal definition and received treatment for it;
    – Self-identify as a current or former client of mental health treatment and/or addiction treatment; or
    – Self-identify as having a serious mental illness and a substance use disorder and be in dual recovery.
  • All candidates must complete two weeks (46 hours) of intensive training through one of our approved providers.
  • Pay for and pass IC&RC Exam. Exam Costs: $150 for members, $175 for non-members. Visit here for information about IC&RC Examinations.