Please visit the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania's webpage by clicking on the "Register" button for more information.
Questions/Information: Fred Shue, Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, CRS Program Coordinator: 215-534-5040
Penn State Abington: Office of Continuing Education 215-881-7400
The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) assists others in recovery from substance use disorders. Those with at least 18 months of sustained personal lived experience in addiction and recovery are welcome to register for this program.
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
Foundations of Recovery
Message & Media
Science & Trauma
CRS Exam Prep Session
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
- Live or work in Pennsylvania
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map (available July 1).
For program questions, please contact:
For general information, please contact:
Office of Continuing Education
Penn State Abington
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.
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.