The application process contains three steps. Please read and fill out each section carefully and completely.
The exam is based on the state-approved training and Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Core Competencies. It is recommended that you study your training materials and core documents for the CPS role.
Step 1 – Information on the Certificate Exam Process
This step contains important information on the Certification Exam Process. It also includes information on Continuing Education Hours (CEH) requirements, recertification and fees.
You will be notified by email from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) as to your testing log-in, proctoring information and date/time one week prior to the exam. Questions regarding your exam application/registration should be directed to Gloria Lane at UWM-PeerSpecialist@uwm.edu or 414-227-3352.
Exams are currently online and remote.
The passing score is 85% or higher. You will receive a letter containing your official test score within 30 days of the exam. Upon successful completion of the required components, a certification document will be issued to you by the state of Wisconsin within two weeks of the issuance of your results letter.
Step 2 – Applicant Information
You are required to verify your eligibility to take the exam.
Exam registrants must have successfully completed the state-approved CPS curriculum within a year prior to the exam date. A copy of your CPS training Certificate of Completion must be either uploaded electronically or mailed with the application.
Step 3 – Application Process
Step 2 can be submitted electronically. Payment may be made online or by sending in a check or money order to the address shown in Step 3. If you cannot submit the application or payment electronically, the page for Step 3 needs to be printed, signed and mailed with payment and required documentation. Read it carefully and fill it out completely. By marking the check boxes, you agree to the requirements of being a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist. Enclose the fees and send the required documentation to UW-Milwaukee at the address provided in the application.
Completed applications, required documentation and payment must be received or postmarked by the deadlines that are listed on the websites: uwm.edu/sce/peerspecialist -or- www.wicps.org/exams. Do not FAX or email your application.
For questions about the exam, contact:
Marguerit Galindo, Peer Specialist Workforce Development Coordinator
Click here to request reasonable accommodations for the Certification Exam.
Retain a copy of your application for your records.