Your personal life experiences could have a powerful impact on the life of an individual in recovery. Train to become a Certified Peer Recover Specialist (CPRS)!

Virtual Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training

This training will equip you to become a part of the solution in helping people on their journey of recovery. You’ll also be informed of the process to follow if you want to complete the requirements to get your CPRS state certification.

Learn how to offer your lived experience to provide peer recovery support to individuals and family members touched by problematic substance use in your community. The CARES curriculum meets the mandatory 46 hours of training required for certification by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey. All registered participants must attend each of the following dates in order to receive a certificate of completion once training and survey are completed.

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COST: $400 per person

CARES Recovery Corps Internship Program

You understand, as perhaps few others can, what it takes to achieve and maintain a life in recovery. Tap into the power of your lived experience and make a vital impact on the lives of those struggling with problematic substance use as a CPRS.

On-site Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Trainings

PIK’s CPRS course is an intensive 46 hours of instruction that qualifies individuals to apply for New Jersey State Certification. With it, you will gain an understanding of the skills needed to guide, mentor, and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The skills you will learn can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including treatment centers, recovery centers, faith-based institutions, and various community settings.

Our peer recovery specialist curriculum meetings ICNRC training requirements in over 27 states. Learn more about how to become certified in your state.

You deserve the finest training available, and we make it easy to do by offering an interest-free payment plan. The first of four payments of $100 is due upon course registration.

The course fee is non-refundable but can be credited to a future CPRS class. Full refunds will only be given with a 10-day cancellation notice prior to the start date of the class.

To enroll in the payment plan, click here and use code PAYPLAN. After your initial payment has been processed, you will receive three invoices via PayPal for the balance owed. Final payment must be received on or before the last day of the training session in order to receive your certificate of completion. Please contact Bethany Smith at with any questions.

When you complete this training, you will:

  • Be well-equipped to provide support to individuals and family members touched by addiction in your community.
  • Meet the mandatory 46 hours of training required for certification by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey.
  • Be advised on how to continue the process to become a fully accredited CPRS.
  • Gain access to a network of resources that reinforce future employment in the field.
  • Not only contribute to the lives of others, but also improve your own recovery and wellbeing in the process.

Our curriculum is superior because:

  • Prevention is Key was hand-picked by The Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. to develop this peer credential.
  • You’ll be trained by people who are not only well versed in the curriculum, but who actually do peer work in the field.
  • Smaller class sizes offer a safe space where raw emotion and real connection can happen.
  • It uses internationally recognized non-clinical approaches to help others within four domains: mentoring and education, recovery and wellness, advocacy, and ethical responsibilities.
  • The peer recovery support field is expected to grow exponentially and has the potential to radically transform the ways we support people in recovery.

Learn more about the Roff Institute at CARES.


“One of the greatest experiences I get from teaching the CPRS curriculum is watching someone’s mind expand past their own experiences with recovery and drug use. We are building a community of strong, informed, advocates, from harm reduction to racial justice to drug reform with the CPRS training.”

-Kelly LaBar

Emily Monks

“Teaching the CPRS is a passion of mine, because it is amazing to watch the transformation of the students, the motivation that they are filled with, and knowing that they are going to be the next generation of our profession. We have gone from the students to the living embodiment of the curriculum, without even consciously thinking of it. To teach materials that we live by is not like teaching history, it is teaching passion.”

– Emily Monks

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Questions? Contact Bethany Smith at or 973-625-1143 Ext. 141.