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 Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification webpage (click here) 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 upcoming CPS and CPPS exams. 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/Certified Parent 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.

Click Here for Updated CPS Study Questions

Click Here for CPPS Study Questions

 

Upcoming CPS Exam Study Sessions

The following study sessions are for those registered to take the September 28th Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) exam.

Evening option:

Morning option:

Evening option:

Morning option:

Evening option:

If you need accommodations to participate in the study sessions, please reach out to Marguerit Galindo at margueritg@accesstoind.org. We will make every effort to include reasonable accommodations.

 

Upcoming CPPS Exam Study Sessions

The following study sessions are for those registered to take the Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) exam.

Evening Option

Morning Option

Evening Option

Morning Option

If you need accommodations to participate in the study sessions, please reach out to Marguerit Galindo at margueritg@accesstoind.org. We will make every effort to include reasonable accommodations.

All Exams are Online/Remote Due to COVID-19

In-person exams (currently on-hold due to COVID-19) are proctored at the eight Wisconsin Independent Living Centers. Online/remote exams are proctored by UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education with support Independent Living Center staff when needed.

 

Wisconsin Peer Specialist (CPS) Certification Exams

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 completion date.

If you have questions about your registration, payment, or exam time slot, email or call Gloria Lane at UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education:

UWM-PeerSpecialist@uwm.edu – 414-227-3352

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

 

2022/2023 Online/Remote CPS Exam Dates (upcoming):

November 16, 2022 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by October 19th, 2022)

January 18, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by December 14th, 2022)

Click Here to Apply for the January 18th CPS Exam (this will redirect you to the exam application through UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education)

March 15, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by February 15th, 2023)

May 10, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by April 12th, 2023)

September 27, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by August 30th, 2023)

 

Wisconsin Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) Certification Exams

You must have successfully completed the state-approved Parent Peer Specialist Training in order to apply to take the Certification Exam.​ You may apply to take an exam within two year of your training completion date. This is longer acceptable time period for CPPS, because of fewer scheduled exams year to year.

If you have questions about your registration, payment, or exam time slot, email or call Gloria Lane at UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education:

UWM-PeerSpecialist@uwm.edu – 414-227-3352

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

 

2022/2023 Online/Remote CPPS Exam Dates (upcoming):

February 22, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by January 25th, 2023)
Click Here to Apply for the February 22nd CPPS Exam (this will redirect you to the exam application through UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education)

April 26, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by March 29th, 2023)

September 13, 2023 – (Application deadline: Payment, application, and an uploaded or mailed training Certificate of Completion must be submitted or postmarked by August 16th, 2023)

 

Accommodations:

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

Reasonable accommodations requests for CPS/CPPS exams must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the exam date.

 

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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