Virginia Board of Counseling
Registered Peer Recovery Specialists
The General Assembly authorized the Board of Counseling in 2017 to register Peer Recovery Specialists (RPRS). Effective January 3, 2018, individuals are able to apply for RPRS registration by submitting an online application, fee and supplemental documentation with the Board of Counseling. (Please note that RPRS credential is a registration and not a license.)
Registered Peer Recovery Specialists (RPRS) Regulations changes effective 11/13/2019. Key changes to the regulations are listed below.
- National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query report will be required for all applicants registering for RPRS.
- Continuing competency hours specifically in ethics hours increased from 1 hour to 2 hours.
- The continuing education approved provider list was updated to include a national or state recovery-oriented association or organization recognized by the profession and regionally accredited colleges or universities.
Phone: (804) 367-3053
Fax: (804) 977-9772
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233
Helpful Resource Information:
Regulations Governing the Registration of Peer Recovery Specialists - 10-15-2020
RPRS - Frequently Asked Questions
Online Application and Forms – (Paper applications and payment by check or money order are not accepted)
Guidance Document 115-2 - Impact of Criminal Convictions
Register with Virginia Townhall to receive notification on changes to the Regulations