IC&RC Peer Recovery & Support Specialist Certification

What is a Peer

Peers are individuals with lived experience in recovery from substance use, problem gambling, mental health, and/or other/co-occurring challenges. They use their recovery experience to provide support and hope to individuals working through their own recovery.

Acronym: Certification boards (CB)s will be required to use the acronym PR (for instance, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist; Certified Peer Recovery Coach; Certified Peer Recovery Mentor)

What is the difference between a non-certified Peer and an IC&RC Certified Peer?

While non-certified and IC&RC Certified Peers both use lived experience to guide individuals through the recovery process, only IC&RC Certified Peers are equipped with a scope of practice and peer core competencies. They are bound by ethical guidelines which protect the Peer, the individual, and the public. In addition, IC&RC Certified Peers are required to:

  • Participate in peer specific training in the competency areas of:
    • Advocacy
    • Recovery and Wellness
    • Mentoring and Education
    • Ethical Responsibility
  • Apply for certification through a formal application process
  • Sign and adhere to a peer-specific code of ethics
  • Take and pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery examination
  • Pursue continuing education credits to stay current on emerging trends and best practices

Why Become Certified?

Certification provides public protection and quality care. It requires a demonstration of competence and proves that the Peer is well trained, educated, and skilled in providing appropriate services. IC&RC Certified Peers are bound by a code of ethics which includes a formal sanctioning process if questions of ethics arise.

IC&RC’s Certified Peers are required to pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery examination. The examination has been developed through a peer-driven process to standardize the certification process and assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide peer recovery services. It is based on a rigorous, legally defensible, psychometric job analysis and updated regularly to assure content stays current with changes in the field.

About IC&RC

IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing exams for credentialing prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it has a worldwide network of over 50,000 certified professionals.

For information contact IC&RC at info@internationalcredentialing.org or by visiting the website at  www.internationalcredentialing.org/creds/pr.

Resources and Information About 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.


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 | P.O. Box 14220 | Reno, NV 89507)

Renewal - $100 (20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.)


20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.

Standing Training Opportunities

Initial Core PRSS Training

The below courses are available and will meet the initial 46 hour training requirement for certification

Online, Self-Paced: Peer Support Specialist 101

Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving deliver peer support services. By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community. The services often provided by peers are multi-faceted and include, but are not limited to: individual advocacy, education, development of natural supports, support of work or other meaningful activity of the individual’s choosing, crisis management support, and specific skills training. This 46-hour self-paced course is designed provide a foundation for providing peer support services.

Please Note: completion of this course does not mean you are certified as a Peer Recovery and Support Specialist (PRSS) in the state of Nevada. This course is designed to meet the educational requirements in order to apply to become a certified PRSS through the Nevada Behavioral Health Association (NBHA), an affiliate member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

Visit Nevada’s PRSS certification for more information 

Register Here

Foundations for Recovery PRSS Training

For more information on upcoming trainings from FFR please contact sodonnell@forrecovery.org and check our training calendar

Continued Education Courses

Online, Self-Paced: Peer Recovery Support Specialist Ethics

A brief overview of Ethical practice guidelines and PRSS are presented.

Register Here

Communicable Diseases - Online Video

The purpose of this training is to help peer specialists understand their role in effectively supporting their clients living with communicable diseases. This training will inform peer specialists about high-risk health conditions associated with substance use disorders, special considerations when working with clients who have been diagnosed with a communicable disease, and their role in supporting these clients. In addition, this training will equip peer specialists with appropriate resources to which they can refer their clients when additional support is warranted.

Register Here

Quantum Ethics Courses Currently Approved for NCB PRSS CEUs

Substance Abuse Counselor Ethics, Confidentiality, and Boundaries (Update) 

$45.00 | CE Hours: 9.00 | Intermediate | Access CE Course

Confidentiality: 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule Update 2018 for Alcohol and Drug Treatment

$7.50 | CE Hours: 2.50 | Intermediate | Access CE Course

HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health

$3.00 | CE Hours: 1.00 | Intermediate | Access CE Course

Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (HIPAA)

$9.00 | CE Hours: 3.00 | Intermediate | Access CE Course

HIPAA: Secure Electronic Health Records

$6.00 | CE Hours: 2.00 | Intermediate | Access CE Course

Foundation for Recovery: Recovery Leadership Academy (Las Vegas)

The Recovery Leadership Academy is a series of courses designed to give peer recovery specialists and recovery stakeholders specific skills to lead their communities, build capacity, and grow their networks.

Each training provides 1.5 CEU endorsed by the Nevada Certification Board – continuing education requirements for state certified peer recovery specialists.

Available Courses:

  1. Advocacy and the Recovery Movement
  2. Recovery Messaging and Media Training
  3. Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  4. Creating a Culture of Recovery & Building Recovery Communities
  5. Reducing Stigma; Social and Behavioral Change
  6. Multiple Pathways to Recovery
  7. Harm Reduction & Recovery
  8. Medication Assisted Recovery
  9. Recovery Community Organizations; Building Your Community-Based Organization
  10. Recovery Supports and Peer Specialists; Efficacy, Training, and Sustainability
  11. Organizing Your Community; Strategy, Tools and Tactics
  12. Building Leaders
  13. Sustainability and Development
  14. Overdose Response Training

For more information about upcoming Foundation for Recovery trainings contact Sean O’Donnell at sodonnell@forrecovery.org, call or text (702) 461-9649, or visit the website at https://forrecovery.org/nevadarecoverynetwork/.

For information about upcoming trainings, please visit our training calendar and/or subscribe to our mailing list.

Apply to become a Certified Peer Recovery and Support Specialist (PRSS)!

The PRSS Application and the PRSS Renewal are online applications through Certemy. The below links will bring you to Certemy’s platform. You must create an account and work through the application steps within the online system. If you have any questions about this process, need help, or are unsure of if you already have an account, please email contactus@nevadacertboard.org

PRSS Application