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Certification: Part One

Are you new to the program and need to begin the process?  

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have you been in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance use disorder for at least two years? 
  • Are you willing to disclose to other peers, staff, and the public that you have lived experience with a mental illness, substance use disorder, or both?
  • Do you have at least a high school diploma or GED?
  • Do you live or work in Tennessee?

If yes to all of the above, then, download the seven-page training application found below in Related Links.

Once you’ve filled out the application, send via fax (615-253-3920) or email  After we have received your application, you will receive a confirmation email within a week. 

Upcoming CPRS Training Dates:

May 7th-11th

May 21-25

Nashville: June 4-8

June 25-29


What can I expect from training?

The 40-hour training includes role plays, feedback, group work, self-examination, tests, and six hours devoted to ethics. Topics covered include communication, problem solving, values, motivation, and wellness, among others.

Space for training is limited.  We work on a first-come, first-serve basis with CPRS Training applicants. The sooner an individual applies and gets approved, the sooner we can place them on the list.

Find training schedules and the one nearest you by visiting

What is the cost?

The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training is provided free to all accepted applicants; however, you will be responsible for your own transportation, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks.

How do I make the grade?

  • Be prepared to participate. Active participation is very important in all sections of the training but especially during role playing and group work.
  • Set aside time in the evenings to complete homework and reading assignments.
  • Be present for all 40 hours of training. Most people who come to the training ready to give it their all do very well.