The Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative partners with the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education and Independent Living Centers throughout the state for examination efforts.

The Wisconin Peer Specialist Certification webpage of the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is the best place to go for detailed information in regards to the application process for the statewide exam for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) and Certified Parent Peer Specialists (CPPS).

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Online Study Sessions Available!

We are offering virtual study sessions for the February 3rd, 2021 CPS exam. We are shifting the structure of these study sessions a bit, incorporating feedback from past study sessions to facilitate more of a deeper dive into study content.

Please note: The focus of these study sessions is studying the role of a Certified Peer Specialist, refreshing on training material, and making use of breakout rooms for group study. For general exam-related questions, please read the rest of this exams page and our FAQs.

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CPS Exam Study Session #1 ~ January 12th, 2021 from 5pm-6pm

CPS Exam Study Session #2 ~ January 20th, 2021 from 10:30am-11:30am
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To learn more about exam study supports for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in Wisconsin, click here.

Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification Exams

In-person exams are proctored at the eight Wisconsin Independent Living Centers. Virtual exams are proctored over Zoom by UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education and Independent Living Center staff when needed.

You must have successfully completed the state-approved Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take the Certification Exam. You may apply to take an exam within one year of your training.

CPS exams are capped at 150 participants statewide per exam date. CPS exams are scheduled for:

September 30, 2020 – Virtual Exam (Application deadline passed on September 9, 2020)

December 2, 2020 – Virtual Exam (Application deadline: must be post-marked by November 4, 2020)

If you are registered for the December 2nd CPS exam and experience technical difficulties on the date of the exam or any other issues, please call Gloria Lane at (414) 251-6544.

Save the Date! 2021 CPS Exam Dates:

February 3, 2021 – (Application deadline must be postmarked by January 13, 2021)

April 7, 2021 – (Application deadline must be postmarked by March 17, 2021)
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May 19, 2021 – (Application deadline must be postmarked by April 28, 2021)

September 29, 2021 – (Application deadline must be postmarked by September 8, 2021)

 

Wisconsin Parent Peer Specialist Certification Exams

CPPS exams are also proctored at the eight WI Independent Living Centers. You must have successfully completed the state-approved Parent Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take the Certification Exam.‚Äč You may apply to take an exam within one year of your training.

CPPS exams are capped at 150 participants statewide per exam date. CPPS exams are scheduled for:

Save the Date! 2021 CPPS Exam Dates:

March 24, 2021 – (Application deadline must be postmarked by March 3, 2021)
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September 15, 2021 – (Application deadline must be postmarked by August 25, 2021)

 

Accommodations:

If you require a reasonable accommodation while taking the exam due to a disability, please see our Reasonable Accommodations Request Application.

Notes on In-person Exams (currently on hold due to COVID-19):

Personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, phones, laptops, and tablets will not be permitted into the testing area. Purses, backpacks, and similar bag-like personal items similarly will not be permitted into the testing area. We strongly recommend that you leave these items at home, in a car, or with a trusted individual.

All Independent Living Centers that serve as testing sites for in-person exams are fragrance-free. Please do not wear cologne, perfume, or scented body products the day of the exam.

For more information about what to expect on the day of the exam please visit our FAQ page.

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