Benefits of Certification

Recovery Peer Advocate professional certification programs provide evidence that the certified individual has demonstrated competence in the field of peer-led services by successfully completing a rigorous, objective, third-party evaluation of the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform and deliver quality services to the persons in recovery from a substance use disorder. Research shows that certification benefits the public, the employer, and the certified individual.


The public benefits...

  • Assures that certified providers have the knowledge, skill and experience to provide quality services.

  • Provides a mechanism to report allegations of professional misconduct.


The individual benefits...
  • Assures the public, employers and payers that you have met established standards of professional competency.

  • Enhances confidence in ability to provide recovery support services.

  • Provides portability... the credential belongs to the individual, not the position.

  • Increases sense of professional accomplishment and credibility.

  • Supports continued professional development through annual educational requirements.

  • Demonstrates commitment to ethical and professional conduct.


The employer benefits...
  • Demonstrates agency commitment to quality service delivered by certified Peer Advocates.

  • Provides increased opportunity for reimbursement of peer-led services.

  • Encourages ongoing professional development.

  • Allows real-time verification of potential employee's qualifications and disciplinary history.

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