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NCPRSS

Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS)

Peer Recovery Support Specialists are individuals who are in recovery from substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders.  Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support in such way that others can benefit from their experiences. 

The purpose of the National experiential-based Peer Recovery Support Specialist Credential is to standardize the knowledge and competency of peer support to individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.  

Why should you obtain the NCPRSS Certification?

  • Position yourself for career opportunities and reimbursement potential.
  • NAADAC's NCPRSS Certification is endorsed by Optum as a reimbursed credential.
  • Distinguish yourself as a recovering person that evidences competency and knowledge in recovery support services.
  • The NCPRSS credential reflects a commitment of the highest ethical standards for Peer Recovery Support Specialists. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • GED, High School Diploma, or higher.
  • Current credential or license issued by a state or credentialing authority, if applicable.
  • Minimum of one year full-time of direct practice (volunteer or paid) in a peer recovery support environment.
  • At least 60 contact hours of peer recovery focused education and training to include education in documentation, community/family education, case management, crisis management, Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), screening and intake, Identification of Indicators of substance use and/or co-occurring disorders for referral, service coordination, service planning, cultural awareness and/or humility, and basic pharmacology. Must include a minimum of six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens-specific training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
  • Minimum two years of recovery from Substance Use/Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders (self-attestation), if applicable.
  • Passing score on the NCPRSS examination within four years of the application.

Application Requirements

  • A copy of GED, High School or higher diploma or transcript.
  • Evidence of current credential or license issued by a state or credentialing authority, if applicable.
  • Confirmation of a minimum of one year full-time of direct practice (volunteer or paid).
  • Evidence of minimum of 60 contact hours of peer recovery focused education and training to include education in documentation, community/family education, case management, crisis management, Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), screening and intake, identification of indicators of substance use and/or co-occurring disorders for referral, service coordination, services planning, cultural awareness and/or humility, and basic pharmacology. Must include a minimum of six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens-specific training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
  • Confirmation of minimum two years of recovery from substance use/co-occurring mental health disorders (self-attestation), if applicable.
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Peer Recovery Support Specialist Code of Ethics.
  • Payment of non-refundable application/certification fee.

Examination Details

The Peer Recovery Support Specialists written examination of consists of 125 multiple-choice, objective questions. The examination tests candidates’ knowledge in the areas of the role of the Peer Recovery Support Specialist (25%); basic concepts of recovery practice (40%); pharmacology (15%); and professional issues (Ethics)(20%).

Fees:

Testing Schedule

All NCC AP examinations are now available throughout the month at a date and location convenient for you! You now have more flexibility and opportunity to get your national credential than ever before. Locate a Testing Center in Your Area

Suggested Test Preparation Materials

Re-Credentialing Requirements

  • NCPRSS Renewal Application
  • Twenty hours of continuing education every two years, including six hours of ethics training.
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Peer Recovery Support Specialist Code of Ethics
  • Provide work history for the two years prior to renewal
  • Self-attestation of ongoing recovery from substance use /co-occurring mental health disorders, if applicable.
  • Payment of a non-refundable application/re-certification fee.
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