The Center for Addiction Recovery Training (CART) has established a Recovery Coach Professional designation to elevate the standard for recovery coaches worldwide. Over the years, CART has learned that recovery coach certifications
focus only on the science. Prospective coaches must accumulate a certain number of training hours, serve a number of hours in the role while being “supervised” and finally the applicant must pass a written test. Does this process adequately answer the question,

“Is this the best way to determine if the applicant has all the necessary skills to serve as an effective recovery coach?

The Recovery Coach Professional designation is slightly different. CART believes deeply in the science too. However, CART feels there is more a credentialing body can do to accurately assess an individual’s skill. We are bringing back the live interview process. The CART designation process still requires 60 hours of training and a resume and/or history of addiction recovery experience. To earn the Recovery Coach Professional designation, the applicant must pass a rigorous, live interview process by a panel of their peers. Their is no written test.

The Center for Addiction Recovery Training defines a Recovery Coach as anyone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery by serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or in recovery. In keeping in line with the three tenants of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy we feel a Recovery Coach Professional must not only have the skills outlined in our training programs, but must posses the art of Recovery Coaching by demonstrating the ability to:

  • Actively Listening
  • Ask good Questions
  • Manage their own stuff