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Online Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training (Statewide)

July 22 @ 12:30 pm - August 12 @ 3:30 pm

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We are happy to announce an online Certified Peer Specialist training coming in July and August of 2021!

This online Certified Peer Specialist training is hosted by Access to Independence and will accept applications statewide.

Note: If you live in a county that is currently scheduled as being included for a county-specific or regional training, you are encouraged to only apply for those county-specific or regional trainings that serve residents of your county. 

Training dates: July 22nd-23rd, 26th-30th and August 2nd-6th, 9th-12th
Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm on all training dates

Trainers: Chris Richardson and Tara Wilhelmi

Determining Eligibility and Fit

The following are required to be eligible to apply to this CPS training:

  • Must self-identify as having navigated personal lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  • Must reside Wisconsin and be a Wisconsin resident
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

14-18 participants will be selected for this training. Please scroll down and read “Statewide CPS Training Application Process (revised)” for more information about how applications are considered. There is no training registration cost for participants.


We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the role of a Certified Peer Specialist before applying. Click here to learn more about the role and work of a Certified Peer Specialist.


When to Apply (and Deadlines/Closing)

A button will appear below this section with the words “Click Here to Apply” at the time applications open. Click that button to access the application form for this training.

Applications Open: 12pm (noon) on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Application Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Monday, May 31st, 2021


Statewide CPS Training Application Process (revised)

General, statewide, CPS trainings have reached a 50-applicant maximum extremely quickly in the past (at times in just an hour). This presented accessibility barriers related to both disability and technology access/familiarity. The following is a revised application process for these statewide CPS trainings.

This process, which includes a shorter application period, an no cap on the number of applications received, and a lottery process to determine which applications are considered by trainers, is intended to allow sufficient time for interested applicants to apply, while still honoring our trainers’ capacity in considering a maximum of 50 applicants per training. It is designed to support both accessibility and equity.

  • The application period will be five days (see “When to Apply” above).
  • There will be no cap on the number of applications received during the 5-day application period.
  • Once the application deadline passes, all applications submitted will be reviewed for basic eligibility (see “Determining Eligibility and Fit” above).
  • Applications not meeting basic eligibility will be removed from the pool of applicants.
  • If the pool of applicants that meets basic eligibility exceeds 50 total applicants, all remaining applicants will be assigned a number and enter a randomized lottery system.
  • The first 50 applicants displayed after the randomized lottery will be considered for the training, and their applications sent on to trainers for review.
  • All applicants not in the first 50 displayed will be notified that their applications will not be reviewed for this particular training and encouraged to apply for other trainings.
  • All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications will be considered within 14 days of the date applications open.

This unique application process only applies to statewide, CPS trainings not of a community-specific nature at this time. It does not apply to regional trainings, community-specific trainings, or trainings specific to a certain county or tribe.


The application deadline has passed. We are unable to consider any more applications for this training.


July 22 @ 12:30 pm
August 12 @ 3:30 pm
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