When can I expect to receive my exam results?

CPS and CPPS State Certification Exam results will be mailed to you within 30 days of the exam. Please do not contact the WI Peer Specialist Employment Initiative requesting results during that time.

What should I expect on the day of the exam?

 
  • The CPS and CPPS State Certification Exams take place over the course of 3 hours, you are not required to stay for all 3 hours and may leave as soon as you are finished.
  • The exam will begin promptly at the designated time so please arrive 15 - 20 minutes early in order to check-in and insure you are ready to begin at the appropriate time.
  • All testing centers are fragrance free environments so please do not wear any perfume or cologne.
  • If you choose to bring your phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic device, you will be asked to leave it with testing center staff for the duration of your time taking the exam.
  • If you choose to bring a purse, bag, backpack, or other personal carrying item, you will be asked to leave it with testing center staff for the duration of your time taking the exam.
  • We strongly recommend leaving these items at home when coming to take the exam.
  • No food or drink will be permitted while taking the exam.
  • No study materials will be permitted while taking the exam; however, you will be provided with a pen and paper should you feel the need to take notes. You will be asked to return both items to testing center staff after the exam.
  • You will be asked to complete a short survey after you complete the exam.
 

How do I apply and pay for the Wisconsin exam?

The exam application, exam dates, and deadline information are all located on the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification page. The application verifies that the application and payment must be postmarked by the specified deadline and sent to the below address:

UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Gloria T. Lane 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue Suite 6000 Milwaukee, WI 53203-2602

Now that I’ve completed a training, how do I become officially certified as a Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist?

In order to become certified, you are required to pass the statewide exam conducted by the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. Exams are separate from trainings, occur on specific dates throughout the year, and are completed online at the eight Independent Living Centers (ILCs) throughout Wisconsin. You may apply for an exam within one year of your training. Passing scores for the exam are 85% or higher. Those who wish to retake the certification exam must complete the retake application. For personal questions concerning the exam, please contact Peer Specialist Certification Program Manager Gloria T. Lane at 414-227-3352 or at UWM-PeerSpecialist@uwm.edu.

Is the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative currently seeking new trainers?

As of March 14th, 2019, the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative is not actively seeking to hire new trainers. This decision is subject to change in the future. Trainings associated with or labeled as ToT (Training of Trainers) are employment opportunities for applicants to become Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist training facilitators.

Does it cost anything to participate in a training?

A Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist training is free of charge for trainees. However, the certification exam, run through the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, costs $50 to complete.

How do I know if I’ve been accepted into a training?

Once you have applied for a training, your application is reviewed and assessed by each trainer for that specific training. You will hear back within two weeks of the application due date whether you have been accepted to move on in the application process.

What if there is no training in my county region and I am interested in becoming a Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist?

Even if there is no current training for your county region, the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative and its partners will generally not accept applications from outside-county residents. The only exception for outside applicants to be accepted is if there is a shortage of applicants within the training's respective county region.

When can I expect to receive my exam results?

CPS and CPPS State Certification Exam results will be mailed to you within 30 days of the exam. Please do not contact the WI Peer Specialist Employment Initiative requesting results during that time.

What should I expect on the day of the exam?

 
  • The CPS and CPPS State Certification Exams take place over the course of 3 hours, you are not required to stay for all 3 hours and may leave as soon as you are finished.
  • The exam will begin promptly at the designated time so please arrive 15 - 20 minutes early in order to check-in and insure you are ready to begin at the appropriate time.
  • All testing centers are fragrance free environments so please do not wear any perfume or cologne.
  • If you choose to bring your phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic device, you will be asked to leave it with testing center staff for the duration of your time taking the exam.
  • If you choose to bring a purse, bag, backpack, or other personal carrying item, you will be asked to leave it with testing center staff for the duration of your time taking the exam.
  • We strongly recommend leaving these items at home when coming to take the exam.
  • No food or drink will be permitted while taking the exam.
  • No study materials will be permitted while taking the exam; however, you will be provided with a pen and paper should you feel the need to take notes. You will be asked to return both items to testing center staff after the exam.
  • You will be asked to complete a short survey after you complete the exam.
 

How do I apply and pay for the Wisconsin exam?

The exam application, exam dates, and deadline information are all located on the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification page. The application verifies that the application and payment must be postmarked by the specified deadline and sent to the below address:

UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Gloria T. Lane 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue Suite 6000 Milwaukee, WI 53203-2602

Now that I’ve completed a training, how do I become officially certified as a Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist?

In order to become certified, you are required to pass the statewide exam conducted by the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. Exams are separate from trainings, occur on specific dates throughout the year, and are completed online at the eight Independent Living Centers (ILCs) throughout Wisconsin. You may apply for an exam within one year of your training. Passing scores for the exam are 85% or higher. Those who wish to retake the certification exam must complete the retake application. For personal questions concerning the exam, please contact Peer Specialist Certification Program Manager Gloria T. Lane at 414-227-3352 or at UWM-PeerSpecialist@uwm.edu.

Is the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative currently seeking new trainers?

As of March 14th, 2019, the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative is not actively seeking to hire new trainers. This decision is subject to change in the future. Trainings associated with or labeled as ToT (Training of Trainers) are employment opportunities for applicants to become Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist training facilitators.

Does it cost anything to participate in a training?

A Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist training is free of charge for trainees. However, the certification exam, run through the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, costs $50 to complete.

How do I know if I’ve been accepted into a training?

Once you have applied for a training, your application is reviewed and assessed by each trainer for that specific training. You will hear back within two weeks of the application due date whether you have been accepted to move on in the application process.

How many people are accepted into a Certified Peer Specialist training?

For each training throughout the state, there is generally a maximum of 18 trainees accepted. Once a training receives a total of 50 applications, that training no longer accepts further applications. The Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist certification is highly sought after, so we advise you request, complete, and submit your application as soon as you are able.

What if there is no training in my county region and I am interested in becoming a Certified Peer/Parent Peer Specialist?

Even if there is no current training for your county region, the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative and its partners will generally not accept applications from outside-county residents. The only exception for outside applicants to be accepted is if there is a shortage of applicants within the training's respective county region.

Can I apply for a training that is not in my county region?

Prospective Peer Specialists should not apply for trainings that are not in their county regions as designated on the Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers map. Outside applications will generally not be considered, as competition between applicants within each county region is relatively high. **The only exception for outside applicants to be accepted is if there is a shortage of applicants within the training's respective county region.**

What counts as viable opportunity for continuing my education as a Certified Peer Specialist?

We are working on developing this section. Please feel free to email or call us if you have questions about specific continuing education opportunities and their use for recertification requirements.

How do I get recertified?

​Achieving recertification requires engaging in a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education. Acceptable continuing education opportunities will provide a certificate or document that lists the number of continuing education hours that you have received.

How often do I need to get recertified?

Certified Peer Specialists are required to recertify every two years in order to keep certification valid. If you completed and passed your Peer Specialist Certification Exam during an odd year (eg. 2017), you would need to apply for recertification in the next odd year (eg. 2019).

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