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Renewing Your Certification

Certification Renewal Procedure

You will need to renew your certification annually. Each Tennessee Certified PeerRecovery Specialist is responsible for maintaining his or her certification and must submit his or her Renewal Application and all other required documentation at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the end of the recertification date. Each Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist must sign a statement certifying that no violations to the Code of Ethics have occurred in the past year.

Continuing Your Education

Continuing education is an ethical obligation for all Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, as stated in the CPRS Code of
Ethics:
            Certified Peer Recovery Specialists will keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to recovery and will share this             knowledge with other Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.

Continuing Education Standards

Certified Peer Recovery Specialists must complete ten (10) hours of continuing education trainings, seminars, workshops, or college courses per year. All continuing education must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). To gain prior approval, contact the Peer Recovery Coordinator at  CPRS.TDMHSAS@tn.gov.
            - On-line trainings are limited to five (5) hours out of the 10 hours required and a minimum of one (1) hour                 of continuing education per year must be in ethics.
            - Continuing education focused on clinical treatment will not be accepted. It is a violation of the Code of Ethics for                 CPRS’s to provide clinical treatment.

Continuing education must be within, but not limited to, recovery in the fields of mental illness,substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. 
Learn more about Continuing Education requirements by clicking on 'CPRS Continuing Education' in the links to the left. 

Please complete and submit either the online or printable form.

Online Form: Renewal Application

Download the Printable Form: Renewal Application

Supervision

Each Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist must provide at minimum 25 hours of peer recovery services per year with a minimum of 1 hour of supervision from an approved supervisor. The current supervisor must sign a statement certifying that the CPRS has not violated the Code of Ethics in the past year.  

Online Renewal Application: Supervisor Form

For more information on the renewal process, refer to the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Handbook. You can also contact the Peer Recovery Coordinator at 800-560-5767 or email CPRS.TDMHSAS@tn.gov.