The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential qualifies drug and alcohol peers who are in recovery to help others move into and through the recovery process. The training is a 10-week program at the end of which participants will be required to take an exam. Those who complete all ten courses and pass the exam will receive a certification that will make them eligible for employment as a Certified Recovery Specialist.
As a Certified Recovery Specialist, an individual accepts and agrees that his/her experience as a person in recovery from a substance use condition will be known by their colleagues, persons served, and others with whom he/she may share that they have achieved this credential. Additionally a person with lived experience must attest that he/she has personal recovery experience, in a continuous manner, for a minimum of 18 months to be eligible for the CRS credential.
The next CRS Training session will be held:
Saturdays October 5 – December 14, 2019, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
at the new RISE Center
Big Mill Apt Bldg – Ground Floor
702 North 8th St, Reading, PA
Click Here for complete Fall 2019 CRS schedule
All individuals interested in attending the training series MUST be able to attend and complete ALL 10 training courses as well as the CRS Exam. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.
This program is sponsored by THE COUNCIL ON CHEMICAL ABUSE (COCA) and trainings are provided by the PENNSYLVANIA RECOVERY ORGANIZATION ALLIANCE (PRO-A).
- Berks County Residents:
- $10 for each day of Training ($100 for 10-week series, payable upon acceptance.)
- $125 for the CRS Exam
- Out of County Residents:
- $20 for each day of Training ($200 for 10-week series, payable upon acceptance.)
- $125 for the CRS Exam
Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified as to whether you are accepted into the program. Once you have been accepted, you will receive information regarding payment. Payment is non-refundable.
- Complete COCA’s CRS Training Application form
- Commit to attending all courses and exam
- Be eligible to obtain a Certified Recovery Specialist certification from the PCB:
- Have been in recovery for at least 18 months
- Be able to provide evidence of a High School diploma, GED, or an official transcript from a college or university
Please fill out the application below. Please note that you can save your answers and finish at a later time by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “Save and Continue Later”.
Prefer to mail or email the application? Download Certified Recovery Specialist Application here. Contact information is provided on the application form.