Working together to support organizations, groups and individuals that prevent
and alleviate the consequences of alcoholism and substances in New York State.

The New York Certification Board - A Project of ASAP




The New York Certification Board (NYCB), a project of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP), has as its mission to strengthen health and human services outcomes and enhance the recovery-oriented skills and capacity of the workforce by providing high quality testing, credentialing, and technical assistance. 

The NYCB is comprised of a diverse group of volunteer Board members from across NYS who have expertise in the areas of recovery, recovery coaching, recovery advocacy, and peer relationships supporting recovery. NYCB members were instrumental in the development of the Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential that is currently offered by the NYCB in NYS and throughout New England. Board members served as subject matter experts in the recovery coach job task analysis, role delineation study, development of the Code of Ethics and disciplinary policies, and in the development of the test. The NYCB is comprised of members with personal and professional experience with recovery. NYCB members have been asked to provide their expertise at state and national discussions focused on recovery coaching and recovery-oriented systems of care. A number of NYCB members also have extensive experience serving on other certification boards including membership on the certification board for OASAS.


For information about the training events or to register to attend, please visit the FRC website or contact the NYCB office by email at for assistance.



Certified Addiction Recovery Coach

A Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) is anyone committed to promoting recovery from addiction by connecting recoverees with recovery support services designed to build recovery capital, generate individualized recovery options and assist recoverees to remove barriers to recovery. The CARC role is intended to be non-clinical since it does not involve counseling or treatment interventions; diagnosis and assessment; or other medical, psychiatric or psychological services. The CARC role focuses on the tasks, skills and knowledge required to provide helpful and effective recovery coaching and emphasizes linking recoverees with individualized recovery support services to enhance recovery.


60 hours of training specific to recovery coaching:

•Recovery from Addiction - 20 hours (With at least 4 hours related to Medication Assisted Treatment )

•Recovery Coaching - 20 hours

•Recovery Education - 5 hours

•Ethical Responsibility - 15 hours


Certified Recovery Peer Advocate

A Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) is a person who provides outreach, advocacy, mentoring and recovery support services to those seeking or sustaining recovery. For the purpose of certification, a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate is defined as a professional who has demonstrated competence in performing a range of activities as defined in the Recovery Coach Job Task Analysis Report .


•Hold a high school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency

•Completed 500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to the PR domains (Recovery from Addiction, Recovery Coaching, Recovery Education and Ethical Responsibility).

•Received 25 hours of supervision specific to the domains. Supervision must be provided by an organization’s documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description.

•Pass the NYCB Peer Advocate Exam



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