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Certified Recovery Specialist

Certified Recovery Specialist / Certified Family Recovery Specialist

Learn about our Certified Recovery Specialist noncredit certificate program currently held at the Harrisburg Campus (Midtown 1 Center). Our program prepares students to take the PA Certification Board’s Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) examination. For students interested in pursuing the Certified Family Recovery Specialist credential, completing the CRS/CFRS certification preparation course meets the education requirements to apply for the CFRS credential.  At this time, there is no certification exam for the CFRS credential.

*Please note that this program is open to anyone wishing to participate; however, only those meeting specific requirements may sit for the certification examination. Please refer to the PA Certification Board’s website for those specific requirements (


Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the Pennsylvania Certification Board requires the person enrolling in a CRS education program, to attest that they have had 18 months, in a continuous manner, of a personal lived recovery experience prior to taking the CRS program.


Where does HACC hold classes?
HACC currently offers the program at the Harrisburg Campus/Midtown 1 Center.


Can I receive veterans education benefits for this program?
Yes, the CRS program is approved for veterans education benefits.


Does HACC offer scholarships?
Scholarships may be available for those who qualify. Please go to for more information.  Click on “Noncredit Scholarships”.


Where can I get more information?

Download the Certified Recovery Specialist program flier (pdf) which includes requirements, costs, hours, etc. (pdf)

How do I enroll in the program?
Contact any HACC Welcome Center to register for an upcoming CRS program by calling 717-780-2414 .


Who can I contact for more information?
For more information or if you have questions, you can email Healthcare Education staff  at or contact Jackie Foster at 717-221-1348 .


Please note that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the education provider only and our training is one part of a larger process to become a successful CRS. Participants must meet all of the other requirements before being certified.