Development Process

In 2016, a coalition of Colorado organizations, government agencies and peers, created the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification (CPFS). The coalition formed the certification to advance the professional contributions of peers and family support specialists working in the fields of addiction treatment, recovery and mental health. The CPFS is intended to:

  • Establish and recognize basic standards for professional competence.

  • Establish and confirm the credibility of the peer profession with consumers, employers, funders, and the general public.

  • Ensure that peer credentials are based on experience and competencies as set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

This process included:

  • Statewide stakeholder meetings (2014-2015)

  • Research on approaches

  • White paper

  • Options identified

    • Stand alone entity to administer credential

    • National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

    • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

  • Peer and Family Workgroup and Continuum of Care Committees unanimously endorsed IC&RC approach

  • Behavioral Health Transformation Council endorsed IC&RC (2015)


Your Certification Team

IC&RC Peer Credential

  • Authorized the Colorado Board to issue the credential

  • Provides minimum experience and training standards for a peer and family specialist credential

  • Develops and administers the exam

  • Facilitates reciprocity between member boards

Colorado Providers Association

  • Authorized as IC&RC’s member board in Colorado

  • Administers the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist credential including providing staff, providing insurance and managing finances

CPFS Certification Board

  • Determines any Colorado specific standards

  • Determines application process

  • Reviews applications

  • Issues Colorado Peer and Family Specialist credential