Recovery Training Institute


How to Apply to RTI

RTI will resume in-person trainings in March 2022 for those who are interested in becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (e.g., certified peer specialist, peer support specialist, recovery coach). Please review our eligibility and application requirements outlined below before starting your application.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for RTI, applicants must:

    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Be a person in recovery from alcohol/substance use and have at least 2 years of continuous successful recovery
    • Provide verification of highest education credentials (high school diploma/GED at minimum)
    • Obtain Central Registry clearance from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS)
    • Comply with training requirements outlined by RTI to become a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor

(Click here to view MCBAP’s requirements for the CPRM credential.)

Application Checklist

Applicants for the Spring 2022 RTI cohort must submit all documents prior to the February 28th, 2022 application deadline. Those with incomplete applications will not be accepted into the RTI apprenticeship program. The required application materials are:

Online RTI Application Form
Click here to submit your application.

MDHHS Central Registry Clearance
MDHHS clearance form (along with a copy of your driver’s license or state ID) should be filled out and emailed, faxed, or taken directly to an MDHHS county office.

Local Police Clearance
Local police clearance can be obtained from the following website for a $10 fee: 

Proof of Highest Level of Education
Proof of your highest level of education can be a copy of your diploma/GED, degree, or official transcripts. If you attended a Detroit Public School, you can request your transcripts from DPS here.

Letter of Reference
Your letter of reference should be written by an employer, professional colleague, or someone within the recovery community who can attest to your involvement in recovery as well as your experience, skills, and character that contribute to your aptitude for the RTI apprenticeship program.

Personal Interest Statement
Your personal interest statement should describe why you are seeking admission to the RTI program, how our program aligns with your long-term career goals, and your qualifications for the RTI apprenticeship program (must be typed and 250 words minimum).

We strongly encourage applicants to upload all required documents to the online application form. If you are unable to upload the required documents in your online application form, please submit them by email to and use the email subject line “LastName Application Docs” (example: Smith Application Docs).

Technology Requirements

If accepted into the program, apprentices will need an electronic device, such as a laptop, tablet, or iPad with a web cam and microphone and audio capability. When in-person trainings are not possible, some trainings will be conducted via Zoom. Click here to review Zoom technology requirements.