Get Certified

Are you ready to be a Certified Recovery Coach? Great! Our team is here to support you every step of the way to attain and complete the steps and requirements to get certified.  


Steps to become Certified:

Step One:  Apply to be a Certified Recovery Coach by filling out and submitting the Recovery Coach Certification Application *Requirements below.

Step Two: Your current recognized supervisor must sign off on your application by filling out a Supervisor Approval Form.

Step Three: Take and pass the National Recovery Coach Certification Exam. 

Step One

Have you reviewed the requirements below and are ready to begin the application? Great!

Step Two

Once you’ve filled out your application, your supervisor will fill out this approval form.

Step Three

Submitted your application and your supervisor’s approval form? Next step is to sign up to take the National Exam.

Application requirements to become a Certified Recovery Coach:

When filling out the application in Step One, you’ll notice these are some of the requirements in order to complete your application. We’re here to help, please reach out if you have any questions. 

  1. You must currently be working or volunteering at a recovery resource that serves Vermonters.

  2. Completion of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy. *Some exceptions can be made if you have recently moved to Vermont and have previously taken a different Recovery Coach training program. Curious about taking the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy? Learn more here!


  3. 500 hours of volunteer or paid supervised experience in recovery supports over the past 7 years. 25 of the 500 volunteer or paid hours must be in one-on-one or group supervision with a recognized supervisor.

  4. A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.  *Still working towards this?  That’s okay! You may still submit your application.  

Have you completed steps 1 -3 and received your Recovery Coach Certification? Congratulations! 

Next steps are that you want to start working towards renewal! Certified Recovery Coaches (CRCs) are required to keep their certification up-to-date by continuing their education through trainings! Learn more about renewal requirements here.

Have any questions? We’re here to help! Contact Director of Workforce Development, Lisa Lord. Lisa is here to help you every step of the way for your Certification! Email:


Recovery Vermont
A program of VAMHAR
100 State Street, Suite 352

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263