Recovery Specialist

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. Villanova’s Recovery Specialist program is offered in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide students with a comprehensive approach to achieving the education hours needed to become CRS certified.

To complete the program and receive a Villanova University certificate of completion students must attend 7 required courses.

About the Program

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

  • Students must attend all 7 Recovery Specialist required classes within a 36 month period.
  • 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.
  • Registration closes 48 hours before the class start; payment/or a payment plan is required 48 hours before the class start or the student will be dropped from the program.

Course Fees

Fall 2018 Course Tuition


Total Program Tuition: $1400.00 (7 courses/$200 per course)


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Course Schedule

Fall 2018 Schedule

Course Name Date Time


Counseling and Peer Support

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Recovery Skills Planning Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Substance Abuse Treatment

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Communication Skills in Recovery Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Advocacy for Self & Others Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Ethical Decision Making  Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Group Counseling with Substance Abusers

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Course Requirements

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.



Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910

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