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.

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
Multiple Pathways
Message and Media
Co-Occurring Disorders
Process Addictions
Self Disclosure
Self Care
Science and Trauma
Recovery Planning
Family Impact
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

The test will be held April 13, 2020, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in Room 108, M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center.


For program questions, please contact:

Fred Shue
Lead Trainer
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
4459 W. Swamp Road
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18902
Phone: 215-230-8218 ext.3107


The Council and Penn State York 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:  https://www.pacertboard.org/

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