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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 Board 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

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Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Standards for certification

Category: Requirement:
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.

  • Peer status confers empathy through lived experience. Each Certified Recovery Peer Advocate self-defines his or her “peer-ness” and should perform services within the context of shared, lived experience.
  • Recovery is defined by the individual, yet there are certain generally accepted standards of recovery. Should a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate find him or herself in the position of personal risk to recovery, the CRPA is expected to voluntarily remove him or herself from active service until such time as recovery is restored and maintained at a level wherein the individual is capable of serving in the capacity of a CRPA.
Work Experience

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:

  1. Advocacy: 10 hours
  2. Mentoring/Education: 10 hours
  3. Recovery/Wellness Support: 10 hours
  4. Ethical Responsibility: 16 hours

All training must have been completed within the last 5 years.

Criminal Background:

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 NYCB 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.



*A criminal background does not necessarily exclude a candidate from certification. The candidate must, however, have a clean crimila history for the three years prior to application.

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