Certification: Part Two

After training, there are a few more steps to complete before you become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. 
The CPRS Certification Handbook is a great resource certification questions. Find the Handbook below in Related Links.

You must:

  1. Serve your peers
  2. Get three professional references and recommendation

1. Serving your peers

You must provide peer recovery services for at least 75 hours, either through work or volunteer hours.

This means leading peer support groups, teaching recovery education classes (like the Wellness Recovery Action Plan WRAP®), or conducting one-on-one sessions with peers.

The 75 hours must be properly supervised by the right person.

2. Getting references and recommendation

The person who supervised your 75 hours will complete a form about your work with peers.

Ask three professionals to provide references for you.

Some people ask their former bosses, teachers, ministers, co-workers, or anyone else who can comment on how you interact with peers.

Professional references must be sealed in a special way. See the video on how to seal them.