NYS Peer Recovery Professional Certifications

Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA and CRPA-P) Training Requirements:

CRPA and CRPA-P Peer Recovery Certifications require 46 Hours of approved Training in order to become eligible for NYS Certification through the NYCB. At Recovery Coach University we offer the fundamental workshops to meet these requirements as well as many that meet re-certification requirements.

The fundamental 46 Hr Training Requirements can be obtained by attending:

30 Hr CCAR Recovery Coach Academy

16 Hr Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches

CRPA Certifications are the most popular of the Recovery Coach credentials because there are many job openings in NYS since Medicaid now reimburses agencies for the evidence based services of the Recovery Peer Professional. For details, applications and requirements always check with the NYS Certification Board (NYCB) as they are the experts and authorities!

Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) Training Requirements:

CARC Certification require 60 Hours of approved Training in order to become eligible for certification. The same 2 foundation training workshops apply to this certification:

30 Hr CCAR Recovery Coach Academy

16 Hr Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches

Additionally, Recovery Coach University offers other workshops to help meet the Certification requirements for the CARC and Re-Certification requirements for CRPA’s:

6 Hr Motivational Interviewing

6 Hr Coaching Skills for Recovery Peer professional, Counselors and Clinicians

6 Hr MAT / Medically Supported Recovery

And many eligible workshops can be found online:

Motivational Interviewing in a Chemical Dependency Setting:  https://www.oasas.ny.gov/testportal/AMcourses.cfm

NYSMandatedReporter Training

All Academy of Peer Services free online courses are approved for CARC/CRPA renewals

Mental Health First Aid courses

Sources for Funding and Scholarships

ASAP NYCB Scholarships Effective 9-2018

New Scholarship Funding Available for Certified Recovery Peer Advocates! 

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP) and the New York Certification Board (NYCB) are pleased to offer OASAS-funded scholarships that can be used to cover the cost of application and exam fees for candidates wanting to become a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) or a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate-Provisional (CRPA-P).

They are now accepting applications for scholarships from candidates interested in becoming certified as a CRPA or CRPA-P, or renewing their existing CRPA certification.

Click here to submit your scholarship application.

NYS Education Department Training Funding Opportunities:

ACCES VR - Vocational Rehabilitation and Funding

Acces VR (formerly VESED) offers Training Funding for many individuals in our community meeting eligibility requirements. To identify if you might qualify, contact an office in your region: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr

RochesterWorks! Funding for Peer Recovery Trainings


Recovery Coach University has recently been added as an approved vendor with RochesterWorks! First you must attend a 1 hour Training Grant Information workshop at the Goodman Street location (255 N. Goodman). Register for a Tuesday (1 pm - 2 pm)or Thursday (9 am - 10 am) workshop here (when asked for a Registration Number simply enter 9 zeros (0’s)). Or call RochesterWorks! at 585-258-3500. Then meet with a counselor to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for Recovery Coach Training Funding that leads to CRPA/P Certification.


Time is a critical factor in applying for a RochesterWorks training grant. After attending the training grant information workshop, applicants must take the following two steps:

  1. Come in to the Goodman St. Career Center to meet with an advisor and register or update their registration with us.

  2. Call (or e-mail) one of the advisors listed on the Training Grant Application Packet to schedule an appointment. To schedule that appointment, applicants will need to know the specific start date of the training program.

Ideally, you will need to complete steps 1 and 2 at least 5-6 weeks before training starts. Do not delay in an attempt to gather everything on the checklist. At the first one-on-one appointment with the advisor to review the training grant application, the advisor will help guide the applicant through the process.