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CPRS Continuing Education


To keep your CPRS certification up-to-date and active, it is necessary to complete ten continuing education hours. Five of those hours must include face-to-face training, in a live classroom setting, and one hour must be in ethics.

The other five hours can be obtained using electronic means such as computer based learning or webinars.

See below or refer to the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Handbook for additional information.

Certification Renewal Guidelines
To maintain certification status, each Certified Peer Recovery Specialist must:

  • Annually complete and submit a Renewal Application;
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of continuing education hours as approved by TDMHSAS;
  • Continuing education hour certificates need to have the date and the hours of the training.
  • If the certificate did not come with a date or hours; have your supervisor sign off with this information included.
  • Provide at minimum 25 hours of peer recovery services per year with a minimum of 1 hour of supervision from an approved supervisor. See the Supervision Requirement section in the Handbook for more information on supervision.
  • Submit any other documents required by the TDMHSAS Office of Consumer Affairs and Peer Recovery Services.
  • 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.

Certification Renewal Procedure

  • Each Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is responsible for maintaining his or her certification.
  •  You must submit your Renewal Application and all other required documentation at least 14 calendar days prior to the end of your recertification date.
  • Unless renewed annually, the certification shall expire on the certification renewal date.
  • Expired certifications can be reactivated within 12 months. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists who wish to reactivate their CPRS status following expired status must complete one hour of continuing education for every month they have been in expired status, not to exceed ten hours.

    Continuing Education Verification Procedure
    The information below is required to confirm successful completion of approved continuing education hours:
  • Certificate of attendance or completion
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist’s name
  • Certificate signed by the instructor, trainer, or supervisor
  • Training date
  • Number of continuing education hours
  • Provider agency in-service trainings as required by the Bureau of TennCare
  • Verification on official agency letterhead
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist’s name
  • Letter signed by the immediate supervisor
  • Hours of attendance
  • Training date
  • College or university courses in behavioral-health related subjects
  • A syllabus signed by the professor with a copy of grades for the course, or
  • A Transcript showing course and grade
Stages of Change Crisis Management Mental Health Disorders  
Understanding Mental Health or Substance Abuse Treatment Illness Management and Recovery  
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Relapse and Recovery  
Peer Employment Training Peer Counseling Training  
Building Self Esteem BRIDGES Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention  
Recognizing Workplace Burnout Identifying Relapse Urges and Tendencies  
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace Coping with Transference of Feelings  
Cultural Differences and Beliefs Grief and Recovery/Spirituality and Recovery  
Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity    

While important for the job, some classes and training topics do not apply specifically toward the continuing education of a CPRS. Below is a list of trainings that cannot be used for CPRS continuing education.

Unapproved Misc. Trainings Unappoved Clinical Trainings  
First Aid Classes (medical not mental health) Sexual Assault Dynamics and Treatment  
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Trauma-Informed Treatment of Addiction  
Driver Education Clinical Supervision  
Food Safety Handling Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Behavioral Health  
Fire and Other Emergencies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  
Protective Equipment Emotion Focused Therapy  
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Relational-cultural Therapy  
Blood Borne Pathogens Client-Directed Outcome-Focused Therapy
Patient Neglect/Abuse Mindful Therapy  
Sitting and Lifting Treatment of Suicidality  
Electrical Safety Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy  
Hand Hygiene