FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is the CPRS certification necessary? 

A: The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist certification is only required if you are working for an organization which is billing Medicaid for your Peer Support Services. View the PRS Certification and Registration Pathways here.


Q: Can I get hired as a Peer Support Specialist without the certification?

A: Yes, there are organizations who hire peer support specialists who do not have the credential.  


Q: Besides Medicaid billing, why would someone complete the CPRS process?

A: The training curriculum teaches valuable, practical skills which Peer Specialists use daily. In addition, many people in the Recovery Community feel that the certification demonstrates the individual’s commitment to this field of work. View the CPRS Practice Guidelines here.


Q: Where can I learn more about becoming a CPRS in Virginia?

A: Please see the websites of the Office of Recovery Services and the Virginia Certification Board (VCB). Becoming familiar with the information available on these websites can be extremely helpful to people who are new to the Peer Recovery Community.


Q: How can I find an upcoming CPRS training?

A: Subscribe to our E-Digest and receive weekly emails with announcements of all trainings coordinated in the state. Additionally, you can view updated lists of scheduled trainings on the Virginia Certification Board’s website and Trillium Drop-In Center’s website.


Q: How can I find CPRS facilitators near me?

A: View the updated list on Virginia Certification Board’s website and Trillium Drop-In Center’s website.


Q: What happens after I take the CPRS training?

A: To finalize your certification, the main components you will need to do are: 1) complete 500 hours of paid or volunteer experience in the domains of Peer Support, 2) have 25 hours of Supervision, and 3) pass the Peer Recovery Specialist Examination. View the CPRS Application with additional information about the requirements to learn more.


Q: I have read through all the above mentioned resources and am still confused, what should I do?

A: Feel free to give us a call at our office and we will do our best to answer any additional questions. Another recommended resource are the peers living in your community (and/or state)! We recognize that individuals with lived experience are the experts–don’t miss out on the wealth of knowledge that is around you during any/all Recovery Community events.


Q: Where can I find out about Recovery Community events?

A: VOCAL’s E-Digest, of course! Also, go to Office of Recovery Services’ website and get signed up for their emailed Recovery Blasts.