Do you have a history of addiction recovery and want to help others?
The Certified Recovery Specialist training is a peer-support program designed to meet the current educational requirements for the CRS credentials set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).
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.
For individuals to become a CRS, they must meet the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements which include:
- High school diploma or GED
- Successful completion of the Certified Recovery Specialist – 78 Hour Training Curriculum
- 18 months of sustained personal lived recovery
- 1000 word statement describing personal lived experience with addiction and recovery and history of sustained recovery
- Application to the Pennsylvania Certification Board, payment of fee, and successful completion of the CRS exam
- Signing of an ethical code of conduct
Participants in the training must:
- Be comfortable with computers, computer application and other technology.
- Be able to complete online homework (12 hours).
- Have access to a laptop or desktop device. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones cannot be used.
These requirements listed are detailed in full on the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s website. Please visit the PCB site for more information on the requirements and expectations of these certifications prior to registering for any trainings.
Fall 2021 Details
- Dates: Saturdays, September 11 - November 20, 2021; NO class on September 25, 2021.
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Location: Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15009
- Cost: $1199 (does not include exam)
- Click here to register
The PA Certification Board requires candidates to complete the CRS application. The cost of the exam is $150 payable directly to the PCB with the application and required documents.
For more information, contact Jill Valentine via email at [email protected].
*A student may qualify for financial assistance if he or she is unemployed, underemployed or a dislocated worker. Please contact your local Pennsylvania CareerLink office to determine your eligibility.
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