National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist Test-Exemption Offer


From January 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), is accepting applications from qualified peer recovery support specialists to receive the National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) national credential based on already demonstrated competence, skill, training, and experience, without testing.

Fee: $150

Initial Test-Exemption Application

This limited one-time offer is available until December 31, 2018. No test-exempt applications will be accepted after the close of this offer. All applications must be postmarked by the posted date.

How does the NCPRSS assist me in my profession?

  • Position yourself for career opportunities and reimbursement potential
  • NCPRSS is endorsed by Optum as a reimbursed credendtial.
  • 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 through adherence to the NAADAC/NCC AP Peer Recovery Support Specialist Code of Ethics

Eligibility & Application Requirements

  • Must have a High School diploma, GED or higher. 
    • Candidate must submit copy of GED, high school or higher diploma or transcript.

  • Must have a minimum two years of recovery from lived-experience in substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. 
    • Supervisor must attest to candidate having a minimum of two years of recovery from lived-experience in substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders on page ten of the application.

  • Must have a minimum of 200 hours of direct practice (volunteer or paid) in a peer recovery support environment. 
    • Supervisor must attest that the candidate has a minimum of 200 hours of direct practice (volunteer or paid).

  • Must provide evidence of earning 60 contact and training hours (CEs) of peer recovery-focused education and training. At least 50% of all training hours must be face-to-face.
    • Must include at least 48 hours of peer recovery-focused education/training, including 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 at least six hours of ethics education and training and six hours of HIV/other pathogens education and training within the last six years.

    • Please note the following equivalencies: 1 hour of education/training = 1 CE; 1 quarter college credit = 10 CEs; and 1 semester college credit = 15 CEs.

  • Must submit a signed statement that you have read and will adhere to the NAADAC/NCC AP Peer Recovery Support Specialist Code of Ethics.

  • Must submit two references, at least one of which must be professional.
    • References must accompany NCPRSS application in a sealed envelope.

  • Must mail application and all supporting documents with the non-refundable application fee of $150 postmarked no later than December 31, 2018 to: 

44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA   22314

Click here to learn more about the NCPRSS, including fee schedule and renewals.