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. The courses in Villanova’s Recovery Specialist program are designed to fulfill the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) education requirement in order to take the CRS exam.

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

  • 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.

Course Fees

Fall 2019 Course Tuition


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

Course Materials: No additional charge

Additional parking fees apply.

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Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Spring 2020 Schedule - Apply by January 3, 2020!

Counseling & Peer Support Sat. January 25, 2020 8:30 AM -  5:30 PM
Recovery Skills Planning   Sat. February 8, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Communication Skills and Recovery Sat. February 29, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
*SPRING BREAK* No class Saturday, March 7, 2020
Substance Abuse Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders Sat. March 14, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Group Counseling with Substance Abusers   Sat. March 28, 2020 8:30 AM -  5:30 PM
Ethical Decision Making Sat. April 4, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
*EASTER RECESS* No class Saturday, April 11, 2020
Advocacy for Self & Others Sat. April 18, 2020 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.