No, Certified Peer Support Specialists can be individuals who self-identify as being in recovery from mental illness, substance use, or co-occurring disorders.
Meet minimum education requirement of high school diploma or equivalency
Be at least 18 years of age or older
Self-identify as a person diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring disorder
Have demonstrated three years of self-directed recovery as documented in three professional references
Have completed a minimum of 100 hours of supervised paid or volunteer work providing peer support services for individuals who have mental illness, substance use, or co-occurring disorders
-A minimum of four hours of professional supervision is required (one hour of supervision per every 25 volunteer hours)
-Job shadowing of another peer support specialist is strongly recommended prior to employment within hiring agency
Complete the Peer Support Specialist Certification training application packet (Copy of high school diploma or equivalency diploma; Signed acknowledgement of the Certified Peer Support Specialist Scope of Activities
Signed acknowledgement of the Certified Peer Support Specialist Code of Conduct
Three completed professional reference forms in individual sealed envelopes
The following are not considered professional references and will not be accepted: family members, therapist, friends, or psychiatrists
One professional reference may be a fellow Certified Peer Support Specialist
Submit required documents and $75 registration fee to program administrators by applicable due date
Class consists of 40 hours of intensive training (this course will be available by zoom) with 12 hours dedicated to homework and final presentation.
SC SHARE website: https://www.scshare.com/events
Annual completion of 20 continuing education unit hours that are approved by SC SHARE
As an option on his or her career ladder, a CPSS may eventually acquire a supervisory position with appropriate training, experience, and aptitude.
Must meet additional requirements:
-Associate or bachelor degree preferred or five years of CPSS experience.
-Valid driver’s license.
-At least five years in recovery and current and active involvement in a recovery program.
-Completion of CPSS training, continuing education requirements, and SC SHARE’s
-Strong administrative and computer skills.
-CPSS experience and aptitude.
Recovery Coach or CPSS specializing in substance use (offered by FAVOR SC)
Parent Support Providers (offered by Federation of Families of SC)
CPSS: Certified Peer Support Specialist
Training has transitioned to 100% digital and is now available by zoom over 10 days for 4 hours a day.