Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training and Certification
Via Hope operates the only statewide training and certification program for peer specialists that is recognized by the Health and Human Services Commission.
Via Hope provides an interactive training to help people learn and practice the skills necessary to offer peer support to people receiving mental health services. Our forty-three hour certification training has 20 different modules that include the core values of Certified Peer Specialists, how to use recovery stories to support other people, and peer support group facilitation. The training is provided by experienced internal staff and part-time trainers, all of whom are current Certified Peer Specialists.
The original curriculum was developed by the Appalachian Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of peer specialist training in the United States. Since our implementation of the original curriculum, we have updated and expanded our certification curriculum to reflect the growing knowledge of the peer workforce and to make our training more interactive and engaging.
The Via Hope Peer Specialist certification training is followed by a written certification exam, which occurs the day following the final day of the training. In order to become certified, participants must successfully complete the entire training and pass the certification exam.
Once certified, a peer specialist must earn at least 20 CEUs every two years to maintain their certification. Via Hope offers several Endorsement trainings, which are designed to enhance peer specialists’ skills and knowledge in specialized areas. The program is administered according to the policies in the Via Hope Certified Peer Specialist Policy and Procedure Manual.
For an application for the next Certification training, select the training event you are interested in. Please read the Training Application Supplement (linked below) before completing the application.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Via Hope Peer Specialist Training and Certification Program
- View the Training Application Supplement.
- View the Policy and Procedure Manual.
- View Upcoming Training Events.
- For general inquiries about the Peer Specialist Training and Certification Program, contact staff via email.