Peer Recovery Support professionals are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process. (SAMHSA 2017)

Learn more about each credential and what is required for each:

RequirementsCertified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach I (CAPRC I) Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach II (CAPRC II)
Pre-requisiteAllies, friends and/or loved ones of person seeking and/or in recoveryPersonal, lived experience in their own recovery from addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring substance and mental disorders.Personal, lived experience in their own recovery from addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring substance and mental disorders.
Previous EducationHigh school diploma or HSE/equivalentHigh school diploma or HSE/equivalentHigh school diploma or HSE/equivalent
Training5- day CCAR Recovery Coach Academy
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5-day CCAR Recovery Coach Academy

2-day Peer Recovery Ethics training 
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5-day CCAR Recovery Coach Academy OR DMHA CHW/CRS training 

2-day Peer Recovery Ethics training
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Recovery Time ExpectationNONEOne year self-attestedOne year self-attested
Professional Recovery Support ExperienceNONENONE500 hours of peer support (volunteer or paid) and 25 hours of direct supervision
References2 Personal References2 Personal References2 Professional references
ExamIC&RC Peer Recovery ExamIC&RC Peer Recovery ExamIC&RC Peer Recovery Exam
Re-Certification40 hours of related CEU every two yearsNon-renewable after 2 years40 hours of related CEU every two years, including 6 in peer recovery ethics

CAPRC Endorsements

Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach – Mental Health (CAPRC-MH)
  • Currently certified as a CAPRC I or II
  • 15 hours of mental health specific education
    • 8 hours of Adult Mental Health First Aid
    • 2 hours of Questions, Persuade, Refer (QPR Suicide Prevention Training)
    • 5 additional hours of mental health specific training
  • Re-certification every two years: 7 Mental Health education CEU and maintain CAPRC credential

Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach – Gambling Support (CAPRC-GS)
  • Currently certified as a CAPRC I or II
  • 15 hours of gambling specific education
  • Re-certification every two-years: 7 Problem Gambling CEU and maintain CAPRC credential