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Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS)

The Certified Recovery Support Specialist or CRSS is a credential that sets the minimum standard of competency for those providing support services to clients in substance abuse programs. The certification, as outlined and administered by the Florida Certification Board, seeks to enhance the effectiveness and safe practice of treatment for substance abuse disorders.

The CRSS credential is useful for those working in the addiction field in any supportive capacity – administrative, technical or clinical including medical professionals, nurses and social workers

The CRSS course covers many topics in addiction treatment over five classes, totaling 75 hours of training. These include the legal and ethical responsibilities of professionals in the field, the history of addiction, referral best practices, crisis support, life skills and recovery management.

In order to qualify for certification as a CRSS, students must have at least a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and must also have 1000 hours of formal work or volunteer experience in a field related to addictions. As with other certifications, a final exam will be administered by the Florida Certification Board. Below, you will find standards, according to the Florida Certification Board, for certification as a CRSS.

The course is available in-person and online.

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Category: Requirement:
Degree: High School Diploma, GED or higher
Work Experience: 1,000 formal work or volunteer hours in an addiction related field
Training: A total of 75 hours of training, broken out as follows:

  • 22 hours – Legal and Professional Responsibility
  • 6 hours – Ethics
  • 2 hours – HIPAA/Confidentiality
  • 4 hours – Cultural Competency
  • 4 hours – Self-Care/Professional Development
  • 6 hours – Electives13 hours – Reengagement, Crisis Support and Safety
  • 6 hours – Risk/Crisis Management
  • 3 hours – Domestic Violence
  • 4 hours – Electives13 hours – Resource Linkage/Follow-Up
  • 6 hours – Active Care Coordination
  • 3 hours – Documentation
  • 4 hours – Electives10 hours – Practical Living Skills/Social Development
  • 6 hours – Social Development
  • 4 hours – Electives17 hours – Recovery Management
  • 4 hours – Overview of Addiction/Stages of Recovery
  • 3 hours – Addiction and Brain Chemistry / Pharmacology
  • 2 hours – Recovery Management
  • 4 hours – Co-occurring Disorders
  • 2 hours – Lapse/Relapse Prevention
  • 2 hours – Motivational Enhancement
Recommendations: 3 professional letters of recommendation for certification.
Code of Ethics:

Must sign statement agreeing to follow the FCB’s Code of Ethics

Written Test: Recovery Support Specialist Exam
Renewal: 10 CEUs each year

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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (2 South Florida locations) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.