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CPRM-M - Certified Peer Recovery Mentor - Michigan

Overview of Requirements

This credential is for individuals working as part of a clinical treatment or recovery support services team. It is not an independent practice credential.  The primary focus of the CPRM is on alcohol/drug use recovery. However, personal recovery history and experience may include areas other than alcohol or drug dependency recovery; with peer mentors providing support only with clients of common experience.

Experience - 500 hours full- or part-time work experience providing peer recovery support services at a State of Michigan (LARA) licensed treatment or prevention program, or other qualified recovery support provider.  Experience as a "sponsor" or in self-help groups does not qualify.

Supervision /Supervised Training - 25 hours of direct supervision performing peer recovery mentor functions related to the MCBAP/IC&RC Peer Recovery Mentor Performance Domains.

General Education - All applicants must be able to provide verification of the completion of a High School diploma or GED, or a higher degree from an accredited college or university.

Specialized Education – 46 contact hours minimum of education in Peer Recovery support within the areas defined by the MCBAP/IC&RC Peer Recovery Mentor Performance Domains. A listing of the Peer Recovery Mentor Performance Domains knowledge and skills is contained in Appendix A of the application materials.  Contact MCBAP for break down of CCAR or other packaged recovery support education by domains.


  • A minimum of 10 hours specific to Advocacy knowledge and skills.
  • A minimum of 10 hours specific to Mentoring and Education knowledge and skills.
  • A minimum of 10 hours specific to Recovery processes and Wellness planning.
  • A minimum of 16 hours must be specific to Ethical Responsibility knowledge and skills.
  • Applicants must complete at least six (6) contact hours of MCBAP-approved clinical ethical behavior and decision-making study course(s) within the 16 hours.

Testing - IC&RC/CPRM Written Exam passing score.

Applicants are required to pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Peer Recovery Mentor (IC&RC/CPRM) written examination as part of their CPRM requirement. There are no prerequisites to take the exam. A passing score is based upon the total score. If you fail the exam, you must register again and retake the entire exam.

Code of Ethics – Sign and adhere to the MCBAP Peer Recovery Code of Ethical Standards.

Residency - Must live or work within the State of Michigan fifty-one percent (51%) of the time.

Recovery Status – This credential is designed for and intended for persons who have been successful in their own recovery, and are prepared to share their experience and knowledge with others at an earlier stage of recovery from alcohol and/or drug use, mental illness, or stress disorders working as part of an organized clinical team. A statement of personal commitment to recovery is required. A minimum period of continued recovery over the past two or more years is highly recommended.

Application - When all standards have been met, forms completed and documentation assembled, submit your complete application to MCBAP for review. Documentation must use the forms provided and be in the format specified in the application instructions to be accepted.

Fee - Submit $65.00 non-refundable two-year certification fee. 

Renewal – Twenty (20) contact hours of documented, MCBAP approved continuing education, including ethics education,  will be required to renew the initial certification at the end of the two-year (2) certification period. Re-commitment to the Peer Recovery Code of Ethical Standards, payment of a non-refundable renewal fee required for renewal. Two year renewal $65, one year renewal $45.