Peer Recovery & Support Specialist (PRSS) Certification

NCB Requirements for Certified Peer Recovery and Support Specialists:

  • Lived Experience
    A certified peer recovery and support specialist shall be in recovery for at least two years prior to certification. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.
  • Peer Recovery and Support Work Experience
    500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to the domains below.
  • Education and Training:
    A high school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency is required.
    Additionally, 46 hours of NCB approved training* is required, specific to the Peer Recovery and Support domains with:

    • 10 hours in the domain of Advocacy
    • 10 hours the domain of Mentoring/Education
    • 10 hours in the domain of Recovery/Wellness Support
    •  16 hours in the domain of Ethical Responsibility*At present, the NCB will accept only the foundational peer recovery and support specialist training provided by the Foundation for Recovery or the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT).
  • Non-Clinical Supervision:
    25 hours of supervision specific to the domains is required. Supervision must be provided by an organization’s documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description. The NCB PR Certification Board must approve all supervisors.
  • Examination
    All applicants are required to pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery Examination.IC&RC has developed a Candidate Guide for professionals preparing for the Peer Recovery Examination.
  • Code of Ethics
    The applicant must agree to adhere to the Nevada Certification Board’s peer recovery specific code of ethics.
  • Cost of Certification (inclusive of the IC&RC examination)
    • Initial Certification – $165 (online, using the form below or by check, mail to
      Nevada Certification Board
      PO Box 13122
      Reno, NV 89507
    • Renewal – $100 (20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.)
  • Recertification
    20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.