Peer Support Specialist (PRSS)

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, successful completion of one of the two NCB approved, Nevada State sanctioned PRSS 101 foundational training courses is required. Accepted courses are provided by Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) and the Foundation for Recovery (FFR) and cover the IC&RC Peer Recovery domains of Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness Support, and Ethical Responsibility.
  • 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.
  • Residency Requirement: You must live or work in Nevada at least 50% of the time to be certified by the Nevada Certification Board and to maintain that certification.