CRPS 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 2017 FCB CRPS and CRSS Scholarship Application 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.
The CRPS designation is an entry-level credential for people who use their lived experience and skills learned in training to help others build mind-body recovery and resiliency skills related to mental health and/or substance use conditions. The CRPS credential designates competency in the domains of Recovery Support, Advocacy, Mentoring and Professional Responsibilities. In addition, CRPS applicants must attest to at least one of the lived-experience endorsements at the time of application. Available endorsements are:
- Adult (A): A person holding the CRPS-A credential attests to lived experience as an adult in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.
- Family (F): A person holding the CRPS-F credential attests to lived experience as a family member or caregiver to another person who is living with a mental health and/or substance use condition.
- Veteran (V): A person holding the CRPS-V credential attests to lived experience as a veteran of any branch of the armed forces who is in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.
- Youth (Y): A person holding the CRPS-Y credential must be between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time of application and attests to lived experience as a person who, between the ages of 14 and 25 experienced a significant life challenge and is now living a wellness and/or recovery oriented lifestyle for at least two years.
Applicants can apply for as many endorsements as he or she can attest to. The online system will only allow applicants to select one endorsement at the time of application. Individuals seeking multiple endorsements must select their primary endorsement at the time of application and then request additional endorsements from the assigned certification specialist.
After the CRPS credential is awarded, additional endorsements can be added. Please contact your certification specialist for information.
Certification Application Processes:
Step 1: If you do not already have one, you MUST create an online account in the FCB certification system. Click here to create your free, online account.
Step 2: Choose the standard or the provisional application route.
The standard application route is for applicants who have completed all requirements necessary to earn the CRPS credential. Please review the general FCB policies and procedures that apply to all applicants (available here) and scroll to the bottom of this page for the CRPS-specific standards and all mandatory forms. This application is online. Applicants will complete the online application AFTER creating an account in the FCB certification system
The provisional application route is for applicants who have completed all requirements EXCEPT the 500 hours of work or volunteer experience. These applicants earn a provisional credential and, before the provisional credential expires, complete the work or volunteer hours necessary to upgrade to the full CRPS credential. This application is manual and all application materials are submitted via mail, email, or fax. Please carefully review the CRPS-P and Upgrade Standards and Requirements Tables for detailed instruction.
Provisional Application Process and Forms:
CRPS-P Application for Provisional Certification – (2017): This application is only available in hard copy. Applicants will complete and submit this form AFTER creating an account in the FCB certification system.
CRPS-P Training Topics & Verification Forms – (2017): This form is completed by the applicant. Supporting documentation must be provided for each training event listed on the forms. The completed form and supporting documentation are submitted to the FCB by the applicant.
Recommendation for Certification Form – (2017) Part 1 is completed by the applicant. Part 2 is completed by the individual providing the recommendation. The completed form must be submitted directly to the FCB by the individual providing the recommendation. The FCB will not accept recommendations from the applicant.
Provisional UPGRADE Application Process and Forms:
CRPS-P UPGRADE Application – (2017): This application is only available in hard copy. Applicants with a current CCM-P credential must submit this application and fee payment 30 calendar days before the CCM-P expiration date.
CRPS-P Upgrade Work or Volunteer Experience Verification Form – (2017): Part 1 is completed by the applicant. Part 2 is completed by the employer. The form and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the FCB by the employer. The FCB will not accept forms/documentation from the applicant.