Due to Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements, students pursuing the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) must attend classes in-person.

The Recovery Specialist (CRS) certificate program is ideal for individuals who are interested in becoming peer professionals trained to help others move through the recovery process.

The curriculum of Villanova University’s Certified Recovery Specialist Program is designed to meet the education requirements of the Pennsylvania Certification Board for certification in this specialty area in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania only.

To complete the program and receive a Villanova University certificate of completion, students must attend all 7 required courses and are not eligible to register for individual courses.


Course Curriculum

  • Counseling & Peer Support
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Recovery Skills Planning
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Comm. Skills in Recovery
  • Advocacy for Self & Others
  • Group Counseling with Substance Abusers

Program Details

  • Earn .80 CEU's - 8 classroom education hours (56 total hours) - for each class to apply towards PCB certification or certificate renewal.
  • Classes are held Saturday's for 9 hours with a 1 hour lunch break.
  • To complete the program and earn a certificate of completion, students must attend all 7 courses and receive a passing grade.

Villanova Application Requirements

Pennsylvania Certification Board Requirements

For individuals to become a CRS they must meet the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements which include

  • High school education
  • 54 hours of education specific to addiction recovery
  • A minimum of 18 months of lived, continuous, personal recovery experience
  • Passing grade on the Certified Recovery Specialist exam
  • Signed ethical code of conduct

The classes that you attend at Villanova University will provide you with the necessary hours of education to sit for the exam.

Fall 2020 Tuition
Total Program Tuition: $1400.00 (7 courses/$200 per course)
Course Materials: No additional charge

Additional parking fees apply.

For financial information, includding cancellation policies, billing and payments, visit the College's Tuition and Fees page.

Apply for the 2021 CRS Program

Check back in 2021 to see when we will be offering the NEW CRS curriculum!

Counseling & Peer Support
Recovery Skills Planning
Substance Abuse Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders
Communication Skills
and Recovery
Group Counseling with Substance Abusers
Advocacy for Self & Others
Ethical Decision Making    



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