A Certified Peer Specialist is a person who has not only lived the experience of mental illness but also has
had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health supports. They use their unique set of recovery
experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers who have mental illness. Peer Specialists actively incorporate peer support into their work while working within an agencies team support structure as a defined part of the recovery team.
A Certified Peer Specialist is not a mental health technician limited to providing ancillary
services without a clear therapeutic role, (i.e. driving people, laundry, and med deliveries), but
an active participant on the consumer’s treatment and recovery team.
As you navigate this website you will find information on how to become a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist, trainings, continuing education, recertification and other information that is pertinent to the Peer Specialist Program.
Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification 2015 Exam Dates (exams are proctored at the eight WI Independent Living Centers)
January 28, 2015 (application deadline has passed)
June 24, 2015 (application deadline: June 3, 2015)
September 23, 2015 (application deadline: September 2, 2015)