PCB CRS Application | www.pacertboard.org | email@example.com | Revised January 2021
CERTIFIED RECOVERY SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTS
All requirements below must be met to apply. All required documentation must be sent in with an application
except for the official college transcript which is sent to PCB directly prior to application.
REQUIRED: Minimum high school diploma/GED.
Veterans may provide discharge documentation in lieu of a high school diploma/GED.
A copy of the high school transcript or diploma is acceptable or GED verification. If the school is from outside the
United States, an equivalency must be done by an organization that specializes in that process. The applicant is
responsible for arranging this process and all costs.
It is recommended you obtain documentation approximately three weeks prior to sending in your application.
Documentation of high school/GED can be included with your application or can be mailed to PCB or emailed
by the educational institution prior to application.
College degree documentation can be used in lieu of a high school diploma/GED. The degree must be from an
accredited college/university that is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher
Education Accreditation. An official transcript sent directly from college/university is required. If the degree is
from outside the United States, a degree equivalency must done by an organization that specializes in that
process. The applicant is responsible for arranging this process and all costs.
Official transcripts are required and must be sent directly from college/university to PCB prior to application.
Official transcripts may be mailed to PCB or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is recommended you request transcripts approximately three weeks prior to sending in your application.
If you have a sealed official transcript in your possession, you may mail it in the sealed envelope to PCB prior to
your application arriving or mail it in with your application.
If you have outstanding debt or other issues which prevent the college/university from releasing your official
transcript, you must resolve these issues with the school prior to applying for certification.
REQUIRED: 78 hours of mandatory, standardized recovery specialist training.
A list of approved statewide trainers authorized to provide the 78-hour mandatory, standardized recovery
specialist training can be found on the PCB website. All education/training must be documented.
The required mandatory, standardized training is documented with a copy of the completed training certificate.