Recertification Information

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RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS & FEES

RECOVERY & PEER SUPPORT CREDENTIALS

Name

Fee

Education Requirement

CRS

$100

30 hours relevant to recovery support services, including 6 hours in ethics and 3 hours in confidentiality.

CFRS

$100

30 hours relevant to family recovery support services, including 6 hours in ethics and 3 hours in confidentiality.

CPS (Peer)

$50

36 hours, of which 24 must be specific to peer support and/or recovery practices; 3 hours in ethics; the remaining 9 hours are chosen by the professional.

COUNSELOR

Name

Fee

Education Requirement

AAC

$100

40 hours relevant to addiction including 3 hours in ethics

CAAC, CADC & CAADC

$200

40 hours relevant to addiction including 3 hours in ethics

CCJP

$200

40 hours relevant to addiction including 3 hours in ethics

CCDP & CCDPD

$200

40 hours relevant to co-occurring disorders including 3 hours in ethics

CCS

$200

6 hours relevant to clinical supervision

PREVENTION

Name

Fee

Education Requirement

APS

$100

40 hours, relevant to prevention and 3 hours in ethics

CPS (Prevention)

$200

40 hours, relevant to prevention and 3 hours in ethics

ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS

Name

Fee

Education Requirement

CAAP

$125

25 hours relevant to addiction including 3 hours in ethics

CIP

$200

30 hours relevant to intervention including 3 hours in ethics

CCSM/CCMS

$200

40 hours relevant to addiction including 3 hours in ethics

Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling

$50

6 hours specific to gambling. Must be recertified at the same time as your qualifying credential.

CDCORP

$75

2 deployments or exercises documented and five trainings. This should be listed on the Education & Training Form.

FOR PROFESSIONALS HOLDING MULTIPLE PCB CERTIFICATIONS

If you have more than one credential, you pay the fee for your original credential plus $50 each for all other credentials you are recertifying. If your additional credentials do not have the same expiration date as your primary credential, you will submit a second recertification application at the time they expire with the $50 per credential recertification fee.

  • To determine your fee: look at your certificates and find your issue date. The credential you earned first, is your primary credential. Find the fee for that credential above. You will pay that fee, plus $50.  

You can use the same education for multiple credentials under the following conditions: they are in the correct two- year time frame (example if your credential was issued on 1/1/2017 and expires on 1/1/2019, you can use education after 1/1/2017) and it is relevant to the education requirements listed above.

AUDITING

Documentation of continuing education is only required for recertification if a certified professional is randomly selected for review, or audit of their education hours. Audits occur twice per year (every January and July).  Those selected for audit must submit documentation of the appropriate number of hours of education/training that they completed in the prior two-year period.  Since the audit process is random, individuals may be selected for audit multiple times.  Non-compliance with the required education/training for recertification is viewed as a breach of professional ethics. DO NOT send in copies of your certificates of completion for trainings with your recertification application. These will not be reviewed at the time of your recertification and will be discarded.

LAPSED CREDENTIAL

A credential is valid for a two-year period.  If your credential lapses, you have 12 months from your expiration date to recertify.  After 12 months, you must reapply for your credential(s) and complete all the requirements for initial certification. To renew a lapsed credential: complete the recertification application with the appropriate requirements and fee(s), plus the lapsed fee of $100.

EDUCATION INFORMATION

  1. PCB approval for all education (except CPS (Peer), CRS and CFRS)
  2. Three (3) hours in professional ethics and responsibilities as part of the total education hours.  Acceptable trainings that would meet this requirement include but are not limited to: ethics related to human services, HIPAA, confidentiality, boundaries, mental health law and mandated child abuse reporting. (Unless the credential requires more, see individual requires for more details.)
  3. Education that has not been previously PCB Approved must be submitted using the Education Approval Form found on our website at www.pacertboard.org.
  4. PCB accepts education received outside of Pennsylvania under the following conditions: Appropriate documentation (certificate, letter of attendance, transcript) is provided and if an out-of-state education was approved by an IC&RC member board of that state, no further PCB approval is necessary. Proof of the IC&RC member board approval must be submitted.  If these conditions were not met, the certified professional must seek PCB education approval.  
  5. College/University course: three college credits are equivalent to 45 hours. However, additional hours need to be documented if the credit hours do not meet all of the education requirements for recertification.
  6. Trainings, workshops, seminars, and conferences offered by professional associations, treatment providers, governmental agencies, etc.
  7. PCB does not accept general staff meetings, supervision, staff rounds, or case management as education.
  8. Distance learning/online courses/webinars are acceptable if they include a post-test. There is no limit to the number of distance learning/online courses that can be used.
  9. Acceptable documentation of education must include the professional’s name, title, date, number of hours and the organization.

EDUCATION PROVIDED BY THE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL

A certified professional who provides education to other professionals may receive credit toward their own recertification. 

  1. The presenter will receive the same number of hours as the participant; and the presentation can be used for credit once in each recertification period, provided the training has received PCB Education Approval. Training provided by a certified professional must also be documented by sponsoring organization in the same manner as participant documentation (i.e. certificate, letter of participation).
  2. Published work written by the certified professional and published by a professional publishing house may meet up to 10 hours of education.  A copy of the published work must be submitted along with an education approval application.

INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATES

PCB will add a seal to your certificate indicating the International status of your certification.  Original International Certificates are available for a fee directly from IC&RC. The International Certificate provides recognition of your status as an internationally certified addiction professional.  International Certificates are NOT available for the following credentials CPS (Peer), CRS, CFRS, CAAP, CIP, CCSM, CCMS, CDCORP, AAC and APS.

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