The certification period for a peer specialist is twenty-four (24) months. To remain certified, a peer specialist must submit an application for recertification.
Notice accompanied by a recertification application is sent by Via Hope approximately 60 days prior to the end of an individual’s certification period. In order to be approved, a person’s recertification application must be complete and signed by the individual; in addition, the person must include a list of approved CEUs (including one Endorsement training) that they received during their twenty-four month certification period. There is a nominal processing fee associated with the application for recertification. This fee may be paid by the individual or their employer.
If an individual seeking recertification does not meet the continuing education requirements and their certification expires, they will have three months to obtain the required CEUs and submit a new application for recertification. The fee for renewal of an expired certification is incrementally higher than the regular recertification fee. If approved, the person’s recertification period will begin on the day after their previous certification lapsed, not on the day that their recertification application is approved. For example, if a person’s certification expires on January 31 but they do not submit their recertification approval until April 15, their renewed certification will show a start date of February 1 (and last for two years from February 1).
If a certification has expired by more than three months, and the individual seeks recertification, they will be required to retake the certification exam before submitting the recertification application.
In the case where a person’s certification has completely expired (i.e. their certification has been expired for more than three months), Via Hope will not accept continuing education credits. Applicants will be required to re-take the certification exam if their recertification period (two years) has lapsed.
Individuals who have taken certification training from a recognized source in another state, and received a certification recognized by the state Medicaid agency in the state where the certification was issued, may apply to become certified by completing the Via Hope Reciprocity Application. Applicants do not have to take and pass the Via Hope certification exam.
The certification period for reciprocal certifications ends on the original expiration date of the other State’s certification or in twenty four months, whichever is less. The same continuing education requirements will be in effect for the remainder of the certification period.
The reciprocity application can completed here: Reciprocity Application