Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Training

Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Training


Join us on Saturdays in the spring or the fall for the Certified Recovery Specialist 54-Hour Training Program.  Class time is 9am-4:30pm.

We strive to offer relevant programs on convenient days and times to fit into your busy schedule.

NEW: The Pennsylvania Certification Board will begin work on a credential for family members/family advocates.  When the credential becomes available, it will be on the PCB website at www.pacertboard.org.   The anticipated arrival date for this new program is early 2018.

If you would like to be placed on a listserve to be notified when registration opens for the spring session please send a note to tmb17@psu.edu.

Spring Schedule:

April 7-June 16, 2018

The CRS 54-Hour Training Program consists of:

Foundations of Recovery & PBRSS/CRS Role

Multiple Pathways & Message & Media

Co-Occurring Disorders & Process Addictions

Ethics & Ethics

Self Disclosure & Ethics & Self Care

Confidentiality & Confidentiality

Science & Trauma

Documentation & Recovery Planning

Family Impact & Communication

CRS Exam Prep Session



Cost: $995

Registration and tuition payment is completed with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.

Are you ready to become a CRS?  Visit the Council's webpage to learn more:

Council of Southeast Pennsylvania

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Please contact the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania for more information: 215-345-6644. 

General Information: Theresa Bloom at 215-881-7402

The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Training Program consists of 54 hours of instruction.

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

The 54 hours meet specific requirements of education in the domains specified by PCB.

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


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
  • Successful completion of the Pennsylvania Certification Board CRS exam
  • Sign an ethical code of conduct

Those in recovery are welcome to register for this program.

This program provides participants with the required hours of education to apply for the CRS credential.  Please note that Penn State Abington/Council of Southeast Pennsylvania 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.

Need more information?  Call Theresa Bloom at 215-881-7402.

Program Details:

The CRS program meets on Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm at Penn State Abington.

Tuition: $995, includes all materials*


The Pennsylvania Certification Board requires candidates to have a High School Diploma, GED, or college transcripts, obtain 54 hours of education, complete the CRS exam application, sign an Ethics agreement.  The cost of the exam is $100 payable directly to the Board with the application and requisite documents.

For information please contact Theresa Bloom at 215-881-7402 or tmb17@psu.edu

The Council's Information, Intervention, and Recovery Support Line is 800-221-6333.