What Are the Training Requirements to Become a Recovery Coach?

Becoming a recovery coach requires training and certification. Individuals interested in working as a recovery coach must learn how to help clients in their journey to sobriety from substance abuse.

Recovery Coach Requirements

Aspiring recovery coaches must go through the training and qualification process to become a credentialed recovery coach. If you are looking into a career as a recovery coach, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Training. You must be trained to become a certified recovery coach. There are many options available for places that offer recovery coach training and most can be found online.
  • Be 18 or Older. In order to enroll in the training courses and subsequently work as a recovery trainer, you must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and prove one-year sobriety of any substances.
  • Retain a Coaching Certificate. After passing the course, you will receive a coaching certificate.
  • Become certified. To become certified as a recovery coach, apply to the state certification board where you live for a recovery coach certification.
  • Complete Coaching-Training Practice Hours. The state bird will require coach-in-training practice hours to be completed. These are supervised hours in which you will receive the first-hand experience.
  • Send in Application Paperwork. This paperwork will verify that you’ve completed your practice hours. This application will be sent to the credentialing board for your state and typically comes with a fee (often between $100 and $250).
  • Keep Up with Training and Renew Your Certificate. Once you are certified, keep up with the training courses over the next few years (usually 2 – 5).

Role of a Recovery Coach

Recovery coaches play an important role in the lives of their clients. They apply everything they’ve learned about overcoming addiction to the work they do in helping their clients through recovery. As many of these coaches are former substance users themselves, they are more than familiar with how challenging recovery can be.

Recovery coaches work to create a recovery plan, remove barriers to recovery, serve as a mentor for clients, present clients with resources for detox, treatment, and harm reduction, and ultimately help clients stop abusing substances.

For most recovery coaches, their work goes beyond taking on a job—they truly want to see their clients heal from addiction. Learn more about starting a career a recovery coach by contacting us today at 855-807-4673.