Have experience with recovery?
Enjoy working one-on-one with others?
Want to facilitate recovery meetings?

Consider attending Peer Recovery Specialist Training.

Peer Recovery Specialist Training

Peer Recovery Specialists aren’t sponsors or addiction counselors.
Instead, they’re people who have lived experience with recovery who provide non-clinical recovery support to their peers.

Peer Recovery Specialists remove barriers to recovery.

Peer Recovery Specialists connect peers to recovery resources that target their strengths and interests.

Peer Recovery Specialists provide emotional support.

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Peer Recovery Specialist


Peer Recovery Specialist Training is a 46-hour program that introduces participants to the key concepts, fundamental skills and core functions of being effective in their role as a Peer Recovery Specialist.


Candidates apply to the program and are interviewed as part of the selection process.Peer Recovery Specialist Training is held three times per year. Application materials for each session are posted here several weeks before the application is due.


The cost of the Academy is $750, but the fee is waived for Peer Recovery Specialists who volunteer at least 35 hours in the year after they complete their training.

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Peer Recovery Specialist Training 2017

Click here for the 2017 Spring Training application (available January 31st, 2017).

Click here for a PDF of the PRS training flyer.

Spring Training (April 10 — 14, 2017)
January 31st Application and Training Overview available online
February 28th Application due to MRC by 5 p.m.
March 14, 15, 16 Group Interviews
March 14th Interview 9:30 — 11 a.m. at MRC
March 15th Interview 10 — 11:30 a.m.
(phone option for those outside Twin Cities metro area)
March 16th Interview 3 — 4:30 p.m. at MRC
March 17th Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance
Summer Training (July 24 — 28, 2017)
May 3rd Application and Training Overview available online
June 14th Application due to MRC by 5 p.m.
June 20, 21, 22 Group Interviews
June 20th Interview 9:30 — 11 a.m. at MRC
June 21st Interview 10 — 11:30 a.m.
(phone option for those outside Twin Cities metro area)
June 22nd Interview 3 — 4:30 p.m. at MRC
June 23rd Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance
Fall Training (November 6-November 10, 2017)
August 23rd Application and Training Overview available online
October 4th Application due to MRC by 5 p.m.
October 10, 11, 12 Group Interviews
October 10th Interview 9:30 — 11 a.m. at MRC
October 11th Interview 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.
(phone option for those outside Twin Cities metro area)
October 12th Interview 3 — 4:30 p.m. at MRC
October 13th Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance

Click here to download the 2017 Spring Training application (available January 31st, 2017).

Click on the links below for Peer Recovery Specialist pre-training assignments:

For more information, email Kris Kelly, or call (612) 584-4158.

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