Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) 54-Hour Training

Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) 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.
When: Saturdays, September 8-December 1, 2018  
            No class on September 22 or October 20
            9:00 am-4:30 pm   
Where: Penn State Abington                                         
Cost:   $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.                                                      


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 & Advocacy: 12 hours
Professional Ethics & Responsibility: 6 hours
Confidentiality: 6 hours
Relevant to Field of Addiction: 12 hours

Topics Include:

Foundations of Recovery
Multiple Pathways
Message & Media
Co-Occurring Disorders
Process Addictions
Self Disclosure
Self Care
Science & 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 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.

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

CRS Certification Application

CRS Certification Application Guide

CRS Candidate Guide


For program questions, please contact:

Chelsea Crocker
Training & Student Support Specialist
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., 459 W. Swamp Road
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18902
Phone: 215-230-8218 ext.3815

For general information, please contact:

Theresa Bloom
Penn State Abington
215-881-7402 or tmb17@psu.edu

The Council and Penn State Abington 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.