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CPRM-M - Certified Peer Recovery Mentor - Michigan

Overview of Requirements:  CPRM-M and CPRM

Up to 7/31/2017, two versions of this credential are available: CPRM-M, which is Michigan-only, and CPRM (reciprocal), which may be transferred to other participating IC&RC board jurisdictions. See Testing section below.

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, approved 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 recovery support or other behavioral health practice ethics and decision-making study course(s) within the 16 hours.

Testing -  There is no test required for the CPRM-M, non-reciprocal credential.  For applications received after 7/31/2017, the IC&RC Peer Recovery exam will be required; and only CPRM credential issued.

A special exam waiver period is offered, for applications received at MCBAP by 7/31/2017, and approved by 9/30/2017.  This will enable CPRM-M eligible professionals to receive the CPRM (reciprocal) credential without the IC&RC exam. Beyond this special exam waiver period, applicants will be required to pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery written examination as part of their CPRM requirements. There are no prerequisites to take the exam. Registration is done through MCBAP.  Candidates who fail the exam 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, and 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 expected.

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 initial, two-year certification application 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 fee $65, one year renewal fee $45.