December 1, 2020 update

In coordination with the IC&RC, Recovery Vermont is pleased to announce the following roll-out schedule for the certification of recovery coaches in Vermont. 

Pilot Class of selected coaches: January 1 to January 31, 2021 applications accepted for the pilot class of recovery coaches. 

February 1 to June 30, 2021 applications accepted for all previous graduates of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy  who meet the following criteria:

  1. High school diploma/GED.
  2. They must have completed the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy.
  3. They must strictly adhere to the professional ethics. 
  4. They must work under supervision.
  5. This supervision must be attested (using a simple form that the supervisor signs). Supervisors will need to check-off that they have put in 500 hours of volunteer or paid experience within10 years immediately preceding the completion of the application: 25 hours of which were direct work one on one with their supervisor.
  6. Recovery Vermont will help them submit all of these materials and Recovery Vermont will pay all of the approx. $363 in application and certification fees. Any fees related to certification will be paid for by Recovery Vermont for the pilot and grand-parenting classes.

July 1, 2021 onwards, applications must meet the above criteria and successfully pass the national examination.  

November 20, 2020 update

COVID has  delayed IC&RC’s work in being able to provide in-person testing, final roll out etc. We have felt a bit in limbo through this COVID as we were so close to rolling-out recovery coach certification in Vermont when the pandemic hit. As noted in our own grant agreements, we will begin this final certification work in early 2021. IC&RC can now provide us with the tools to host proctored tests remotely, etc. 

In sum, we have the authority to start with a pilot group in January 2021; then a grand-parenting period immediately following of five months for other previous graduates of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy, then the full and ongoing test and certify.  During the pilot and grand-parenting periods, the candidates will be exempt from the national exam. They must, however, meet some basic criteria:

  • High school diploma/GED.
  • They must have completed the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy.
  • They must strictly adhere to the professional ethics. 
  • They must work under supervision.
  • This supervision must be attested (using a simple form that the supervisor signs). Supervisors will need to check-off that they have put in 500 hours of volunteer or paid experience within10 years immediately preceding the completion of the application: 25 hours of which were direct work one on one with their supervisor.
  • Recovery Vermont will help them submit all of these materials and Recovery Vermont will pay all of the approx. $363 in application and certification fees. Any fees related to certification will be paid for by Recovery Vermont for the pilot and grand-parenting classes.

If you are a recovery center director, we are here to serve you: to get the people you recommend certified in this pilot and grand-parented class. 

We are so excited to begin the roll-out of recovery coach certification in Vermont and are sketching out the likely plan for the state moving forward.  It’s been hard and stressful for us to have to wait due to the COVID pandemic. 

August 1, 2020 update

Grateful to everyone who joined us for our online “update” on recovery coach certification in Vermont.  Miss the conversation?  Check out the presentation here:  https://recoveryvermont.org/certification-in-vt/