Education and Training

In-person, online, and self-paced courses, workshops, and training modules.

We've trained nearly 200 peer recovery support specialists in Nevada over the past three years.

We host a variety of in-person workshops, skill-shares, and trainings at our recovery community centers, in the community, and for organizations.

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Browse online, on-demand, courses through our Connect for Recovery social platform. Keep track of your progress, earn rewards and continuing education credits.

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Some of our courses are taught through a blended format, combining live video sessions with an instructor and online, self-paced classroom environments.

Types of Learning Opportunities

Strengthening Nevada’s peer recovery workforce and recovery-oriented systems of care, through public awareness and education. Offering hands-on workshops and opportunities for people in recovery and partners to share their skills with the community.

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training

Foundation for Recovery is one of two approved training institutions in Nevada offering the 46-hour Peer Recovery Support Specialist training. This training is offered several times each year, in multiple locations, both in-person, and utilizing a blended format - combining instructor-led video sessions and online classrooms. This course will give you the foundational knowledge to start providing peer recovery support and is the first step towards obtaining state certification and the title of Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. The training covers the core competencies of peer recovery support specialists in four domains, including advocacy, mentoring and education, recovery and wellness support, and ethical responsibility.

Recovery Leadership Academy

A series of shorter classes on a variety of topics to enhance the knowledge of peer recovery support specialists, community members, first-responders, and other providers. Take one, or link several together for a specialized learning pathway. Partnerships with the Southern Nevada Health District, prevention coalitions, and other nonprofits, has allowed us to provide trainings on Mental Health First Aid, SafeTALK, Suicide Prevention, harm reduction, and other topics. All classes through the Recovery Leadership Academy are approved for continuing education credits for peer recovery support specialists by the Nevada Certification Board, an affiliate member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

For Organizations & Partners

Through several initiatives, we provide specialized training and support. Our recovery-friendly workplace initiative offers training to employers and small businesses, preparing them for state designation as a recovery-friendly employer. Our statewide interfaith recovery initiative trains faith-leaders and members of faith-based organizations how to integrate recovery supports and support their members and the community. Providers, treatment centers, and other nonprofits may also request trainings for their staff and patrons. We've partnered with several organizations to offer our Peer Recovery Support Specialist training and Recovery Leadership trainings to their staff, volunteers, and clients.

Skill-shares & Workshops

Our recovery community centers are hubs for community events, support, trainings, and workshops. We welcome partner organizations and talented people within the community to share skills, host trainings and workshops at our community centers. We believe in the value of peer-learning, where one member of the community shares their knowledge and skills with others. We've welcomed workshops and skill-shares on photography, self-care, painting, community organizing, writing and storytelling, among many others. Our partnership with UNLV's TRIO program provides tutoring, GED testing services, and college preparation. Partnerships with organizations like The Phoenix has provided fitness and athletic classes to the community.

Become a Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Join the growing workforce of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in Nevada. Foundation for Recovery is one of two approved training institutions in the Nevada, providing the required 46-hour Peer Recovery Support Specialist training in person and online. Search and register for upcoming PRSS Trainings on Connect for Recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not yet. You’ll need to then meet several requirements before you can sit for the state exam and apply for state certification.

Congratulations! You’ve joined a growing workforce of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in Nevada and the Nation.

You can now work in most organizations as a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (CPRSS). You’ll need to maintain your state certification by obtaining continuing education credits. You can find online, self-paced, and live trainings on Connect for Recovery, Nevada’s social platform for people in recovery.

As a charitable nonprofit powered by local communities of recovery, Foundation for Recovery provides the 46-hour peer recovery support specialist training at no cost to attendees.

Peer Recovery Support is also provided cost free. We never want ability to pay for supportive services to be a barrier to someone seeking assistance.

There is a fee, collected by the Nevada Certification Board, for obtaining state certification.

1) Lived Experience: A certified peer recovery and support specialist shall be in recovery for at least two years prior to certification. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.

2) Peer Recovery and Support Work Experience: 500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to the domains below.

3) Education and Training: A high school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency is required.

  • Additionally, 46 hours of NCB approved training* is required, specific to the Peer Recovery and Support domains with:
      • 10 hours in the domain of Advocacy
      • 10 hours the domain of Mentoring/Education
      • 10 hours in the domain of Recovery/Wellness Support
      •  16 hours in the domain of Ethical Responsibility*At present, the NCB will accept only the foundational peer recovery and support specialist training provided by the Foundation for Recovery or the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT).

4) Non-Clinical Supervision: 25 hours of supervision specific to the domains is required. Supervision must be provided by an organization’s documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description. The NCB PR Certification Board must approve all supervisors.

5) Examination: All applicants are required to pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery Examination.IC&RC has developed a Candidate Guide for professionals preparing for the Peer Recovery Examination.

6) Code of Ethics: The applicant must agree to adhere to the Nevada Certification Board’s peer recovery specific code of ethics.

7) Cost of Certification (Inclusive of the IC&RC examination):

  • Initial Certification – $165 (online, using the form below or by check, mail to Nevada Certification Board PO Box 13122 Reno, NV 89507
  • Renewal – $100 (20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.)

8) Re-certification: 20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.

As Nevada’s statewide Recovery Community Organization, we offer the 46-hour peer recovery support specialist training and will prepare you for state certification.

We offer the training both online in a blended format, meaning part of the training is delivered live with an instructor over video conferencing software like Zoom, and the other part of the training is delivered in an online classroom through Connect for Recovery.

We also host several in-person trainings throughout the year.

Upon completion of the training, you will be issued a certificate and can begin volunteering or working as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist to obtain hours towards your state certification. Completing the training alone does not mean you are a certified peer recovery support specialist.

We offer plenty of volunteer and internship options for you to obtain your 500 practice hours after you’ve completed the 46-hour peer recovery support specialist training.

Foundation for Recovery offers plenty of volunteer and internship options for you to work towards your 500 hours of experience required to obtain state certification. Contact us at to learn more.

Social network meets workforce development

Connect for Recovery

Start learning today. Our online social platform, Connect for Recovery, gives you immediate access to on-demand courses and learning resources. Plus, you’ll connect with growing community of other peer recovery support specialists, community members, and providers in Nevada.

Connect for Recovery was developed by Foundation for Recovery as a social space for Nevada’s thriving recovery community and peer recovery support workforce. Our team identified a need for a centralized online environment where peer recovery support specialists and supervisors, the recovery community, families, and partners could collaborate and learn from each other.

The platform has online groups, job boards, events and activity feed, discussion threads, and a growing library of trainings and courses.

A Social Space and Learning Platform for Nevada's Recovery Community.

Training and Courses

Access a growing library of self-paced online courses and live, instructor-led trainings. Join cohorts of others working towards becoming Certified Peer Recovery Support specialists, obtain CEUs, or sharpen your skills as an advocate, provider, and leader in your community.


Join or start groups centered around topics and projects. Connect for Recovery groups offers safe places for Nevada's recovery communities to connect, support each other, and collaborate. Perfect for seasoned peer recovery support specialists and supervisors to mentor and support those newer to the workforce.

Job Board

Open to recovery friendly employers, providers, and the community. Post and search for open positions that you know are welcoming to the recovery community and families.

Events and Activities

Find a listing of all events, activities, meetings at Nevada's recovery community centers. Hosting something in your community? Post about it and get the word out to people and families in recovery.

Training & Workshop Requests

Request a training for your organization, to host a workshop at the recovery community centers, or submit an online training to Connect for Recovery.

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Train your organization

We offer a la cart training options for organizations, agencies, recovery homes, coalitions, and more.
Submit this request form and someone from our training department will get back to you with more information and to schedule.

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Our Activities Calendar

  • One-on-one Peer Recovery Support
  • Mutual Aid Meetings & Support Groups
  • Women’s Empowerment Workshops
  • GED or High school Equivalent Preparation
  • Overdose Prevention Training and naloxone (Narcan) Access Point
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Bus Passes
  • Recycled Clothing (Caring Closet)
  • Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training
  • Lounge Area
  • Classrooms & meeting spaces

The Southern Nevada Recovery Community Center offers several spaces open to the groups and organizations to rent for meetings, support groups, trainings, and events. Learn more or contact for more information.

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Person-Directed Recovery

Person-centered recovery is directed, as much as possible by the person – including decisions about who should be included in the process.  The planning identifies just a few small, but meaningful, short-term changes that the individual can focus on helping to reduce some of the barriers or challenges moving forward.  Person centered care should be central to all recovery frameworks.

*Adapted from Person-Centered Care and Planning by Neal Adams, MD, MPH, and Diane Grieder, M.Ed.