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Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM)

Peer support encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both. Learn More...

Applicant attests to lived experience as an adult who is in reocvery from SUD. Lived experience refers to a representation of the experiences and choices of a given person, and the knowledge that they gain from these experiences and choices.

The career ladder is designed to advance upward. It is not permissible to step down the ladder from any level. The CPRM is an entry level on the career path. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) is the advanced level.


  • Advocacy
  • Mentoring
  • Recovery Support
  • Professional Responsibility



  • Cannot be a certified counselor or licensed professional. If you are certified or licensed you may be eligible for the Professional Recovery Coach
  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED)
  • 100 hours of supervised work and/or volunteer experience providing peer-to-peer recovery support services
  • 40 hours of content-specific training from an approved provider
  • 2 letters of recommendation for certification at least one of which must be professional. References must accompany
  • Attest to lived experience and in recovery from addiction. A letter of what recovery means to you. For ideas and support go to
  •  Agree to be bound by the Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (CPRSS) or Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM)  Code of Conduct
  • No exam required
  • Submit all required CPRM certification forms and fees


  • Complete 20 continuing education credits including 6 in peer recovery ethics from an BHAP or CCAPP approved provider prior to CPRM expiration
  • Follow the Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (CPRS) or Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM) Code of Conduct
  • Fee for CCAPP Individual Members $10 | $50 for non-members. Learn about CCAPP Membership
  • Renewal due every 2 years

40 Hour Approved Education Providers

Addiction Recovery Communities of California

CCAPP Education Institute


CCAR Training Academy


Begin CPRM Application in Certemy


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