Certified Recovery Peer Advocate
Please Note, the CRPA is a New York State Certification
The Certified Recovery Peer Advocate designation offered by the New York Certification Association is designed to qualify individuals to provide peer services at outpatient treatment facilities certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Services rendered by CRPAs at qualified facilities may be Medicaid reimbursable. This course offers the educational hours necessary to qualify for certification.
CRPAs need not be in recovery themselves
Full educational scholarships may be available through the New York Certification Association! Please click here to learn more!
Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Standards for certification
|Education & Lived Experience||Formal Education of High School Diploma/GED or higher
Lived experience as a peer and/or an individual in recovery is critical to the role of a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate. By checking the acknowledgement box below, I affirm that I understand the definitions of “peer” and “recovery” as stated below, and that I am qualified to serve as a peer for individuals pursuing recovery.
Paid or volunteer experience providing Recovery Peer Advocate services.
500 hours of related experience for the following applicants: Individual’s holding a bachelor’s degree or credentialed as a CASAC, CASAC-T, CASAC-G, Prevention Professional, Prevention Specialist, or Recovery Coach Academy graduates (certificate holder or training of trainers’ certificate holder).
1,000 hours of related experience for all other applicants.
All experience must have been gained within the last 5-years
25 hours total, by an organization’s documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description.
A minimum of 4 hours of supervision per performance domain must be documented. Remaining hours may be allocated across any performance domain.
All supervision must have been received within the last 5 years.
46 hours total, allocated as follows:
All training must have been completed within the last 5 years.
Must have a clean criminal history for a minimum of 3-years prior to application for certification, including release from all sanctions.*
1 professional letter of recommendation for certification.
1 character reference letter of recommendation for certification.
|Code of Ethics:||
Must read and sign an attestation agreeing to comply with the NYCA Code of Ethical & Professional Conduct. Note: Please familiarize yourself with procedures in case of relapse.
Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Certification Exam
|Renewal & Continuing Ed:||
Every 3 years on October 31st
CE: 10 hours per year, 3 of which are related to the Ethical Responsibility domain. CRPAs must provide documentation of completion of 30 continuing education hours every 3 years at renewal, 9 of which are in the Ethical Responsibility domain.
CEU hours must be non-repetitive (i.e., the same course cannot be claimed more than one time during each credentialed period, even if the course was taken annually.)
Note: Please understand expiration and renewal policies while a candidate is on voluntary inactive status.
If you’re looking for another course, you may also click one of the links below to see information on that particular course:
- CAP: Certified Addiction Professional
- CBHT: Certified Behavioral Health Technician
- Continuing Education in Addiction
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Financing is available for students wishing to take classes in-person. We do not offer financing for distance and/or online learning. Please click here for more information or contact us directly at (954) 771-2934.