Virtual Certified Recovery specialist Training I




zoom calls


Skill Level


Consultation calls


The same cutting-edge training, created by top professionals in the recovery field, now available as a virtual course!  Instructors will guide you through sixteen modules over Zoom, complete with breakout rooms for a full hands-on experiential learning environment.  



  • 24 hours of theoretical training and coaching iin online groups and calls to support experiential learning
  • Access to IRI’s e-learning platform 
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Continuing Education Units in Ethics and Recovery Specialist Theory & Practice
  • Certification of Recovery Specialist, valid for 2 years*
  • National accreditation through NAADAC and local accreditation through PCB.


  • Professional ethics and boundaries
  • Skills, tools, history, and overview of the Recovery Specialist role
  • Developing recovery capital
  • Family systems & the role and relevance of the family
  • Mental health and dual-diagnosis
  • Crisis Management, Relapse, Safe Passage
  • Plans and goals for clients 
  • Multicultural awareness
  • Continuum of Care Planning
  • Professional skills and more 



Upon successful completion of the course, students will become proficient in:

  • Knowledge of addiction and recovery
  • Understanding the challenges of mental health and dual diagnosis issues
  • Knowledge of family systems
  • Professional Experience
  • Past experience working in the addiction & mental health field
  • Good communication and people skills

To become a certified IRI Recovery Specialist the following are required:

  • Complete the virtual training course by attending all scheduled zoom calls
  • Complete all quizzes, assignments and coursework
  • Submit three letters of reference (2 professional,1 personal)
  • Proof of liability insurance. If working independently, students must obtain personal liability insurance. Should the student be working with a company, a signed letter from said company stating that insurance is provided through employment will suffice.
  • Complete 12 consultation calls, over zoom, immediately following conclusion on virtual course

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students will be awarded with a Recovery Specialist certification, valid for two years.

Recertification Requirements

Initial certification is awarded upon successful completion of all requirements of Recovery Specialist Comprehensive training to include consultation.  Initial certification is valid for two year from the date all requirements are satisfied and verified. 

To retain the title of IRI CRS after the expiration date, students must continue to meet the high ethical standards set forth by IRI.  Students are required to complete the following to renew their certification for another year:  

  • Evidence of completion of 10 addiction/mental health CEUs per year
  • Current proof of malpractice insurance
  • Updated contact information, including work & personal email and phone numbers
  • Signed Ethics and policy statement
  • Recertification fee of $150.

Participation in the Recovery Specialist Alumni Retreat/Workshop and/or IRI Advanced Courses is highly encouraged.  CEUs earned can be applied to recertification. 

Refresher training is required every four years. Please reach out to [email protected] for refresher training options.  

pay recertification fee