Certification Renewal

Certified Recovery Coaches (CRCs) are required to renew their certification every two years. Coaches who keep their certification up-to-date and renewed show an ongoing commitment to developing their education and strengthening their practice in the field. 

Certification Renewal Requirements

Every two years, in order to renew certification, Certified Recovery Coaches must complete the following: 

A. Certified Coaches must work or volunteer at a recognized recovery (or recovery-adjacent) resource that serves Vermonters

B. Certified Coaches must complete a total of 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)   *see below for more information on CEUs

C. Certified Coaches must have 20 hours of mentorship with an approved Recovery Coach Supervisor

D. Certified Coaches must have their supervisor’s approval for renewal

Please note: The date by which a Coach needs to renew, is two years from their original certification date. The date of certification can be found on each Certified Recovery Coaches’ certificate of certification. 

What are Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

What are CEUs? You may have noticed many of our trainings mention “CEU eligible” with numbers attached to them. These numbers are the maximum amount of Continuing Education units or credits you will receive for attending each of these trainings. Please note, students are expected to attend the entirety of each training in order to receive CEUs. 
For Certified Recovery Coaches, CEUs are an integral part of keeping and renewing your certification. CEUs are credits you gain from attending Continuing Education trainings – this includes most of our trainings, specialty trainings, and events. Continuing Education Units are a wonderful way to deepen your practice, learn new information in the field, build and expand on your knowledge and skills, and to demonstrate your commitment to continuously growing as a Certified Recovery Coach. 

Certified Recovery Coaches (CRCs) need a total of 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every two years to maintain and renew certification, broken out in the following way: 

  • Six (6) CEUs in Ethics
  • Six (6) CEUs in Motivational Interviewing
  • Eight (8) CEUs in any eligible trainings of your choice

All trainings hosted or recognized by Recovery Vermont as CEU Eligible will count towards these 8 CEUs. 

Supervision for Renewal

All Vermont Certified Recovery Coaches must have a professional mentor in the practice of coaching known by the term Recovery Coach Supervisor. The role of a Recovery Coach Supervisor is to provide supervision and mentorship to Certified Recovery Coaches on the ethical standards, responsibilities, and scope of practice of a Certified Recovery Coach. To receive certification renewal, CRCs will need at least a total of 20 hours of direct Recovery Coach Supervision every two years.

Recovery Coach Supervisors provide a compassionate environment to help Certified Recovery Coaches develop their professional skills, foster and maintain ethical standards, navigate coaching related challenges, and deepen their education of Motivational Interviewing and Resource Provision. Recovery Coach Supervisors are required to have working knowledge of the Code of Professional Ethics, and be proficient practitioners of Motivational Interviewing and resource provision. Recovery Coach Supervisors must be approved by Recovery Vermont. 

For those working at recognized recovery resources, your current primary supervisor is most likely an approved Recovery Coach Supervisor. However, there are some exceptions. If you work at a recognized recovery-adjacent resource, your current primary supervisor may or may not be an approved Recovery Coach Supervisor. 

If your current primary supervisor is not an approved Recovery Coach Supervisor, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Lord. Recovery Vermont can help provide you with options for Recovery Coach Supervision. 

CEU & Supervision Tracking for Coaches 

For Certified Recovery Coaches who need to track their Continuing Education Units and Supervision hours for renewal,  we have created tracker templates for your convenience. You can use these via online, or download and fill out on your computer, or by hand. Please note, you will need to track all of your CEUs (training names, dates, times and number of CEUs), and submit them in your renewal application in order to renew your certification. You will also need to track all of your supervision hours and receive your supervisor’s sign off in order to renew your certification. 

Continuing Education Units Tracker for Certified Coaches

Tracker of Recovery Coach Supervision Hours for Coaches

Ready to Renew?

Certified Recovery Coaches (CRCs) must renew their certification every two years. When it’s time for your renewal, an application to renew will be made available! Any questions? Contact Director of Workforce Development, Lisa Lord.


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