Certified Relationship Specialist, CRS®

As our ever-changing world becomes smaller, the relationships we cultivate with one another become more and more important. The Certified Relationship Specialist, CRS credential is a unique program that advances willing individuals into professionals who will transcend all areas of relationships. Whether you are a psychologist, teacher, coworker, mentor, or friend, the Certified Relationship Specialist, CRS designation will equip you with the necessary tools to create and maintain healthy, rewarding relationships.

The CRS program is a one-of-a-kind credential that affords those from all walks of life the opportunity to experience the universal field of relationships. As human beings, helping others repair broken relationships is among the most rewarding experiences we may have. By simply lending a hand to a stranger or helping to resolve a conflict with a coworker, the CRS credential assists in preparing individuals with the skills to make a positive difference in their connections with others.

How will this help my career?

Helping others with relationships requires a high level of dedication to communication, compassion, and an ongoing drive to build greater skills. Obtaining the CRS credential places you in a class of individuals dedicated to seeking the tools to help solve a myriad of relationship problems within their own lives and in the lives of those around them.

How do I gain the credential?

There are currently two ways to become a Certified Relationship Specialist.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • A bachelor's degree in a related field OR minimum of five (5) years of experience in a counseling related role.*

1. Grandfathering Period

  • Be a member of the American Psychotherapy Association.
  • Have a bachelor's degree OR a minimum of 5 years of experience in a counseling related role.*
  • Score a minimum of 125 points on the CRS application based on education, experience, and skills.

2. Completion of four modules of course work

*Applicants who have obtained their education outside of the United States and its territories must have their highest academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to a Master’s or Doctorate degree conferred by an accredited college or university in the United States.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Certified Relationship Specialist, call American Psychotherapy Association toll free at (800) 205-9165, or send an e-mail inquiry.


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