The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) designation is an entry-level credential for persons who use their professional preparation in combination with their lived experience to help others achieve and maintain recovery from substance use and/or mental health conditions.  There are three different endorsements of lived experience that certified professionals can add to the credential:

  • CRPS: Applicant attests to lived experience as an adult who has been in recovery for a minimum of 2 years from a substance use or mental health condition.
  • CRPS-F: Applicant attests to lived experience as a family member or caregiver to another individual who has or is in recovery from a substance use or mental health condition.
  • CRPS-V: Applicant attests to lived experience as a veteran of the armed forces who has been in recovery for a minimum of 2 years from a substance use or mental health condition.
  • CRPS-Y: Applicant attests to lived experience as an individual currently between the ages of 18 and 29 who experienced a significant life challenge(s) during the ages of 14 – 25 and is living a wellness and/or recovery oriented lifestyle for at least two years. (COMING SOON)

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the CPRS Candidate Guide and all CRPS certification application forms.

CRPS-CRSS Scholarships Available

The Florida Certification Board, through funding from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (Contract #LH278), is pleased to offer a scholarship program for certification-related fees for persons seeking initial certification, reinstatement, or renewal as a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist. Please complete the CRPS and CRSS Peer Scholarship Application (FY 16-17) BEFORE applying for initial certification or reinstatement of an inactive credential.  If you have questions about the scholarship application or an application that has been submitted already, please call the FCB office to inquire.

CRPS-CRSS Reinstatement Policy and Application

If you wish to reinstate a CRPS credential that is currently inactive, you must also read the FCB Reinstatement Policy for this credential and complete the new Reinstatement Application with its related forms (also available below).

CRPS-CRSS Reinstatement Policy

CRPS-CRSS Reinstatement Application

CRPS-CRSS Work/Volunteer Form


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