Certified Recovery Specialist 54-Hour Training

Certified Recovery Specialist 54-Hour Training

The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) assists others in recovery from substance use disorders. Those with direct experience in addiction and recovery are welcome to register for this program.


Saturdays, January 26–March 30, 2019
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Penn State Lehigh Valley


$995 (includes all program materials*)

* A separate fee of $125 for the CRS Application review and CRS Exam is payable directly to the Pennsylvania Certification Board. The CRS exam is proctored about 6 weeks after the last class.

Registration for the Certified Recovery Specialist Training is available online>>

The program is designed to meet the current educational requirements for the CRS credentials as set forth by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB):

  • Recovery Management: 18 hours
  • Education and Advocacy: 12 hours
  • Professional Ethics and Responsibility: 6 hours
  • Confidentiality: 6 hours
  • Relevant to Field of Addiction: 12 hours

Topics Include

  • Foundations of Recovery
  • PBRSS/CRS Role
  • Multiple Pathways
  • Message and Media
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Process Addictions
  • Self Disclosure
  • Ethics
  • Self Care
  • Confidentiality
  • Science and Trauma
  • Documentation
  • Recovery Planning
  • Family Impact
  • Communication
  • CRS Exam Prep Session

CRS Requirements

This program provides participants with the required hours of education to apply for the CRS credential. Please note that Penn State York/Council of Southeast Pennsylvania is the education provider only and our training is one part of the larger process to become a successful CRS.

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 54-Hour Training Program
  • 18 months of sustained personal lived recovery
  • Successful completion of the Pennsylvania Certification Board CRS exam
  • Signing of an ethical code of conduct


For general information, please contact:

Andrea Tessier
Penn State Lehigh Valley
610-285-5026 or att3@psu.edu

The Council and Penn State Lehigh Valley are approved providers with the Pennsylvania Certification Board. The PCB offers many certifications and for more information on their programs please visit them on the web.

The Council's information, intervention, and recovery support line is 800-221-6333.