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Statewide, Online Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training (Madison College-sponsored) – Applications Closed

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:30 pm

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We are happy to announce a statewide, online Certified Peer Specialist training coming in November of 2021!

This statewide, online (Zoom-based) Certified Peer Specialist training is privately-funded by Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) and supported by Access To Independence.


Training dates: November 1st-5th (Mon.-Fri.), 8th-12th (Mon.-Fri.), 15th-18th (Mon.-Thurs.) 2021.

Hours: 5pm-8:30pm CT

Trainers: Dominique Christian & Lynn McLaughlin

Training serves: Residents of all 72 Wisconsin counties (you do NOT have to be a student of MATC)

Training cost: Free for participants


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 Monday, September 20th, 2021

Application Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Saturday, September 25th, 2021

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


Statewide CPS Training Process (revised and updated as of September 2021):

As we seek to expand access to CPS trainings, while navigating a very much changed WIPSEI as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reviewing and revising our statewide CPS training application process based on data, feedback, and capacity.

This revised process, which includes a shorter application periodno cap on the number of applications receivedand a full review of all applications received (new), is intended to allow sufficient time for interested applicants to apply (no 50 applicant cut-off/closing of applications), while still honoring our trainers’ capacity through the 5-day application window. It is designed to support both accessibility and equity.

  • The application period will be five days (see “When to Apply” on event listings).
  • There will be no cap on the number of applications received during the 5-day application period.
  • All applications submitted will be reviewed for basic eligibility (see “Determining Eligibility and Fit” on event listings).
  • Applications not meeting basic eligibility will be removed from the pool of applicants.
  • All applications received meeting basic eligibility are reviewed in full by the training’s trainers with support from the WIPSEI as needed.
  • Trainers review applications to invite no more and no fewer than 25 applicants to virtual interviews.
  • Following interviews, trainers select 14-18 interviewees to participate in the training.

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.

Trainers will submit a roster of selected participants to the WIPSEI at least two weeks prior to the training start date. Please do not contact the WIPSEI about your selection decision during this review process, as we will not have updates for you. All applicants will be informed of their selection decision regardless of whether they were selected for a training or not.


Determining Eligibility and Fit

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

  • Must self-identify as having navigated first-hand, personal lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  • Must reside in any Wisconsin county
  • 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. To be considered for selection, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements above, submit an application form, and complete an interview. 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.


Applying for this or any CPS training does not guarantee selection as a participant.

Applications received for review by trainers are reviewed by them in full, and a variety of criteria may determine whether an applicant is asked to interview and possibly participate in a training. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Whether or not the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist (18 or older, possesses either a high school diploma or GED, is a Wisconsin resident, has first-hand, personal lived experience navigating mental health or substance use)
  • Whether or not the applicant meets secondary eligibility requirements that are training-specific (belongs to the county, tribe, region, and/or community served by the particular training)
  • Whether or not the applicant is seeking employment or is already employed in a peer support position and/or a supervisory role to CPS (trainings are intended to serve workforce development efforts as part of an employment initiative)
  • Whether or not the applicant is a community member looking to use their personal experiences to support others towards recovery/wellness/meaningful living
  • How well the applicant is able to demonstrate an understanding of recovery principles, especially in such a way that supports self-determination of people with lived experience
  • Whether or not the applicant has experience offering peer support in a professional or personal setting

Because this training is the pre-requisite to registering for the state-approved CPS exam, and a pathway to working in a professional peer support role, applications demonstrating the following may not be given priority in the application review process:

  • Applicants seeking this certification simply as a resume booster
  • Applicants looking to obtain the certification but not go on to work in the role of a CPS or CPS supervisor
  • Applicants looking to use this training as the “next step in their recovery”
  • Applicants who show they do not support many pathways to recovery
  • Applicants only seeking certification in order to bill as a CPS while providing non-CPS services


Filling Out and Submitting the Online Application

First, we highly recommend filling out and submitting the online training application form using a desktop computer or tablet and not a smart phone.

It is important that you answer all required questions  (marked with an asterisk) on the online training application form. There are also formatting requirements in regards to dates and other fields (such as email address). If required fields are not answered in the application form or the fields are entered incorrectly, it will register as an error and your application will not be submitted to us when you press the “submit” button.

This is what happens if you try to submit an application with errors:

  • Applicant presses “submit” button
  • Instead of being redirected to the “application submission page,” the training application form page reloads
  • This page now contains language telling the hopeful applicant that some fields were entered incorrectly (applicant may need to scroll down to see this)
  • Incorrectly filled out or missing fields are highlighted in red
  • Applicant should fix errors and resubmit
  • Upon successfully addressing errors, the application submission page with a timestamp will appear (we recommend you print or save a print screen of this page when it appears) and a copy of the application will be sent to the applicant’s email address they provided alongside an outline of next steps

Please note: If the application form or event page page reloads instead of the “application submission page,” there is something wrong with your application, and you will need to follow the instructions to address any errors.


What to Expect After Applying

We ask that you once again review our unique application process for statewide CPS trainings (click here).

Final selection decisions for this training may not be made until October 18th, 2021 (two weeks prior to the training start-date).


November 1 @ 5:00 pm
November 18 @ 8:30 pm
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