Certified Family Recovery Specialist Credential Available January 1, 2018

To more formally recognize the value of family recovery specialists in the workforce, we are pleased to announce a new credential for family recovery specialists who wish to obtain the new certification offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). The development of the Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was a joint effort between PCB and PRO-A and several family recovery specialists who were selected as Subject Matter Experts to develop CFRS core competencies and standards for the new credential. The credential becomes available January 1, 2018. For more information and requirements, please review the CFRS Application and the CFRS Content Outline.

Recovery Specialist Supervisor Core Competencies

PCB, in conjunction with PRO-A, conducted a focus group meeting of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to review recovery specialist supervisor competencies. Seven core competencies were established, with each core competency further specifying knowledge, skills, and abilities. The document is intended for organizations or persons to use as an outline for the development of trainings for those individuals who are providing supervision to substance use disorder recovery specialists.

This is a public document that may be used; however, PCB must be credited as a reference in your materials. 
Recovery Specialist Supervisor Core Competencies


Professionals have two options to complete the recertification process:

  1. Complete the entire Recertification Application online. PLEASE NOTE: You must have an approved account to complete the application online.
  2. Download and complete the Recertification Application - PDF.  Education Approval: If you have education that needs to be PCB approved, download and complete the Education Approval Application - PDF.  You can print and mail these documents or save and email them to PCB.
Who We Are

PCB is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary credentialing to behavioral health professionals. PCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, criminal justice addictions professionals, auxiliary professionals, recovery specialists and intervention professionals. Read More


Career Ladder: PCB developed an outline for the general requirements for certification, as well as the requirements to obtain other credentials. For more detailed requirements please click here.

PCB Trainings

PCB is a Proud Member of IC&RC

Logo, IC&RCPCB is a proud member of IC&RC, the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 24 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.
Information on Reciprocity

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania was recently awarded a HRSA Grant enabling them to launch a Certificate Program in Supporting Youth Recovery. For more information on this program please visit the Council's website.  

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