Certified Peer Specialist

A Certified Peer Specialist provides peer support to people receiving services related to mental health and/or substance use challenges. You use your unique set of lived experiences and recovery in combination with comprehensive skills-training, including continuing education, to support people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Certified Peer Specialists are employed in a variety of agency settings. You are active participants and colleagues who bring your own valuable expertise and skill-sets to treatment and recovery teams.

This course provides the state-approved Certified Peer Specialist Training. The curriculum covers the core competencies necessary for Certified Peer Specialists and contains information regarding the roles and responsibilities of a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). The course presents an overview of the basics of peer support and offers training on key topics such as communication skills and trauma-informed approaches.

Successful completion of this course fulfills the 48 hour educational requirement to become certified as a Certified Peer Specialist in the State of Wisconsin and qualifies students to take the Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Certification Examination. To enroll in this course, you must provide verification of acceptance for the class.


For questions about the class please contact the Human Services Office.