Certified Recovery Specialist Program

Certified Recovery Specialist Program

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

The Certified Recovery Specialist 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 only and our 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

Spring 2019

Penn State Shenango
147 Shenango Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146

  • Dates: Saturdays, January 26 through March 30, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $995 (includes required materials)
Penn State Beaver
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
  • Dates: Saturdays, February 9 through April 6, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $995 (includes required materials)

Exam Information

The PA Certification Board requires candidates to complete the CRS exam application. The cost of the exam is $125 payable directly to the PCB with the application and required documents.

For more information or if you need assistance registering, contact Jill Valentine, jak249@psu.edu, 724-773-3765.

Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is due upon registration. Registration cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until one week prior to the first class. After that, the individual may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.