Peer Certification Process

THE ARKANSAS MODEL has three levels allowing peer specialists to advance in their profession:

  1.  Arkansas Core Peer Recovery Specialist (PR)
  2.  Arkansas Advanced Peer Recovery Specialist (APR)
  3.  Arkansas Peer Recovery Peer Supervisor (PRPS)

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to become an Arkansas Core Peer Recovery Specialist (PR), you must (1) have a GED or have graduated from high school, (2) have a minimum of two years of abstinence-based recovery from lived experience with substance use and/or mental health disorders, and (3) have not committed a sexual offense or murder or have any active warrants.  

How to become an Arkansas Core Peer Recovery Specialist (PR):

STEP 1: Apply to the APSP PR Program

STEP 2: Become a Peer in Training (PIT)

STEP 3: As a PIT, complete the remaining required education and experience.

STEP 4: Pass the PR credentialing exam

IMPORTANT NOTE: You do not have to pay the exam fee to take the PR credentialing exam. PR Application Instructions

To apply to begin Core PR training, you must: