High school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency
Lived Experience
60 training hours specific to the following IC&RC domains, with a minimum number of hours required in each domain:

  • Advocacy – 10 hours
  • Recovery/Wellness Support – 10 hours
  • Mentoring & Education – 10 hours
  • Ethical Responsibility – 16 hours

At least 50% of the 60 hours of trainings required for certification must be Peer or Family Specialist related trainings.  These may include Peer Specialist, WRAP trainings, CPI trainings, Mental Health First Aid, or Recovery Coaching.

Additional Colorado subject areas:  Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Sensitivity, Whole Health, Substance Use, Mental Health and Family Support

All training hours must have occurred within the last 5 years.  For example, if applying for the credential in 2018, all training hours must have occurred between 2013 – 2018.

500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to the IC&RC domains over at least 6 months
25 hours of individual and/or group supervision specific to the domains
Sign a Code of Ethics statement within the application system.  A copy of the Code of Ethics can be downloaded here.
All new candidates must pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery exam
For re-certification (every 2 years): 30 hours of continuing education earned every 2 years, including 6 hours of ethics



Application Costs: Total of $295
  • $50 to start an application
  • $245 to complete an application-must be completed within a year of the application
Renewal of a certification every 2 years: Total of $200
  • $200 to renew an application every 2 years
All fees nonrefundable: PayPal, Credit cards, Checks & Money Orders are accepted

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Individuals in the process of renewing their credential should contact for access to the Certemy system.