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

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 next training session begins Saturday, March 9 and runs through Thursday, April 1. Find a full calendar here.

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 all for 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

“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

“In our CPRS trainings, we teach way more than skill sets and ideology. We also teach and role model a CPRS way of life.”

– Erika Shortway

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