Peer Certification Process

Arkansas Peer Specialist Program NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals The Arkansas Peer Specialist Program (APSP) is an innovative three-tiered credentialing process that allows an individual the opportunity to progress through the CORE, ADVANCED and SUPERVISOR levels of The Arkansas Model. This process is designed to produce highly trained and knowledgeable peer specialists. The APSP is a collaborative effort between NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and the State of Arkansas. This organized system will streamline each step of the credentialing process and allow users access to a one-stop shop for all their peer credentialing needs.

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

completed and signed PR application, all supporting documentation, and a $50 non-refundable application fee

STEP 2: Become a Peer in Training (PIT)

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


you can take the additional hours for your certification on the NAADAC website: resources

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:

mental health disorders (page 8 of application);

Questions? Please contact Kyle Brewer, BS, PRPS, Peer Specialist Program Manager, at 703.741.7686 x148, 703.253.3548, or