Are you interested in aiding your own recovery, supporting others, or advancing in a recovery-related field? Our Peer Recovery Specialist Training program connects your personal experiences with valuable knowledge and skills that enhance your individual strengths. To provide support for individuals and families impacted by substance use, MnPRA integrates the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) training curriculum into their recovery-oriented system of care.

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a comprehensive 6-day program designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to mentor, guide, and support those seeking to achieve or sustain long-term recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. The training covers ethical considerations for recovery coaches and addresses various areas, including defining the coaching service role, coaching standards, vulnerability issues, ethical decision-making, performance enhancement, and legal issues. Participants will learn how to maintain healthy boundaries while serving others as Recovery Coaches.


MnPRA is approved by Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) to provide the peer recovery curriculum.

The RCA with Ethics training grants 46 CEUs.

Working as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Following completion of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy training, individuals who successful complete an exam may become Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and begin a rewarding career in providing assistance to peer recipients.

If you are a CPRS and are interested in working with MnPRA we offer:

  • Competitive compensation as a W-2 employee
  • Full-time, part-time, and on-call roles
  • Connection to individuals that are seeking peer support services
  • Ongoing training and supervision to support your goals

About the Recovery Coach Academy

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© was conceived in 2008 in response to the needs of volunteers in the CCAR Recovery Community Centers. They asked for more training to better handle the variety of scenarios and situations generated from recoverees who frequented the centers.  This included engagement and communication skills.  When graduates returned from the academy, they started calling themselves “Recovery Coaches”.