Skip to main content

UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education offering course for recovery coaching

September 22, 2023
UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education is now offering an online course for Certified Professional Recovery Coach training.
UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education is now offering an online course for Certified Professional Recovery Coach training.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is now offering an accredited Certified Professional Recovery Coach (CRPC) training program as an online course through Continuing Education.

The International Center for Addiction and Recover Education (ICARE) provides the program, which is approved through the National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaches. UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education is now taking registration for this online program, with a discounted rate for UW-Stevens Point alumni.

The CRPC course is a supplement to the basic health and wellness program certificate offered by Continuing Education, offering in-depth training on the neuroscience behind recovery. Board certified coaches must obtain 30 hours of continuing education every two years to retain their certification. This course provides 40 hours toward that goal and offers coaches the option to add a recovery coach specialty to their health and wellness practice.

“The accreditation of ICARE’s online program by the National Board is excellent news for those in the health and wellness profession,” said Brian Krolczyk, a UW-Stevens Point assistant professor of health sciences and wellness. “We are excited to team with ICARE to support health coaches in empowering others in addiction recovery and renewal. This much needed training has the potential to draw high volume enrollment from board certified health coaches as it satisfies their full CE requirements for maintaining licensure.”

CPRC training is accredited by the International Coaching Federation, the gold standard in the professional coaching world, which makes recovery coaching billable through insurance. 

The pandemic triggered an increase in substance misuse and the need for professional recovery coaches to mitigate the issue in the workplace and at home. According to a recent Indeed study, 350,000 jobs required health and wellness skills in 2023 verses 70,000 jobs in 2019.  This 500% growth demonstrates the surge in value that today’s employers and employees place on workplace wellness.  

Jennifer Hess, UW-Stevens Point director of Continuing Education, was instrumental in getting the application submitted and approved by the national board.

“Our partnership with ICARE provides a new opportunity to skill people to assist those with addiction to get and stay sober,” said Hess. “This new offering enables coaches seeking to specialize in addiction to serve the needs of our region and beyond.”

UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education offers credit and non-credit courses for both professional development and personal enrichment for students of all ages. Learn more at