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 experiential-based Nationally Certified 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.  

The NAADAC/NCC AP Peer Recovery Support Specialist Code of Ethics outlines basic values and principles of peer recovery support practice.

Why 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 Reqs

  • 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 Reqs

  • 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.

Fees

Renewals

  • 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 $200 non-refundable application/re-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%).

Testing Schedule

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