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 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.

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Upcoming CPPS Exam Study Sessions

The following study sessions are for those registered to take the September 15th Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) exam.

Morning option:

  • Thursday, September 2nd from 10:30am-11:30am
    This study session has passed.

Evening option:

  • Wednesday, September 8th from 7:30pm-8:30pm
    This study session has passed.

Upcoming CPS Exam Study Sessions

The following study sessions are for those registered to take the September 29th Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) exam.

Morning option:

Evening option:

To learn more about exam study supports for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in Wisconsin, click here.

 

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:

Next 2021 Online/Remote CPS Exam Dates:

September 29, 2021 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by September 1, 2021)
Exam Registration has Passed

December 1, 2021 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by November 3, 2021)
UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is currently updating exam registration forms. We expect the new form to be available in October 2021.

 

2022 Online/Remote CPS Exam Dates:

February 2, 2022 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by January 5, 2022)

March 30, 2022 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by March 2, 2022)

May 18, 2022 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by April 20, 2022)

September 28, 2022 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by August 31st, 2022)

 

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.‚Äč 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

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

Next 2021 Online/Remote CPPS Exam Dates:

September 15, 2021 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by August 18, 2021)
Exam Registration has Passed

December 15, 2021 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by November 17, 2021)
UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is currently updating exam registration forms. We expect the new form to be available in October 2021.

 

2022 Online/Remote CPPS Exam Dates:

February 23, 2022 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by January 26, 2022)

September 14, 2022 – (Application deadline: Materials must be postmarked by August 17, 2022)

 

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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