Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification
Take your Peer Specialist Certification exam electronically at several sites around the state through UWM’s School of Continuing Education.
Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) are important members of mental health recovery teams for service recipients. They engage and encourage recipients by promoting wellness, independent living and self-direction. Focusing on recovery, specialists work to serve recipients and to enhance their skills to meet chosen goals.
Wisconsin CPS work with the service recipient as recovery models because they self-identify as having mental illness and/or substance use disorder and have made substantial progress in their recovery. Peer Specialists are considered to be crucial to our nation’s mental health and substance use disorder transformation and are currently employed in independent living centers, hospitals, clinics and many other mental health and/or substance use disorder services and support areas. By becoming a Wisconsin CPS, you will be “igniting recovery” for service recipients.
Certification Peer Specialist assessments/exams are scheduled for the following dates:
April 17, 2019 at 8:30am, 11:30am or 2:30pm
(Application deadline must be postmarked by March 27, 2019)
September 25, 2019 at 8:30am, 11:30am or 2:30pm
(Application deadline must be postmarked by September 4, 2019)
Certification Parent Peer Specialist assessments/exams are scheduled for the following dates:
May 1, 2019 at 8:30am, 11:30am or 2:30pm
(Application deadline must be postmarked by April 10, 2019)
September 11, 2019 at 8:30am, 11:30am or 2:30pm
(Application deadline must be postmarked by August 21, 2019)
An email will be sent out one week prior to the exam date to inform applicants of exam time they have been assigned.
Peer Specialist Exam Application
Parent Peer Specialist Exam Application
Change of Address Form for WI Certified Peer Specialists
Retake Application for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification Exam
As of January 2017 you may retake the exam only if you have taken and passed the new Wisconsin Peer Specialist Training Curriculum. After your original attempt you will have two additional opportunities to retake the exam. If you do not pass the exam the third time you must retake the entire WI Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take another exam.
CPS Recertification Form
The Peer Specialist Employment Initiative Website