Peer Support Certification Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements for Certified Peer Support Specialist I

Below are the minimum requirements you must meet to be eligible for certification in the state of North Dakota.

  • Currently reside or employed within the state of North Dakota;
  • Self-identify as an individual who has personal lived experience and is willing to publicly identify as an individual in recovery from a mental health disorder, brain injury, substance use disorder, or combination; or is a family member of an individual living with a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, brain injury or combination;
  • At least eighteen years of age;
  • Have a high school diploma or general equivalency or can demonstrate the ability to read and write at a level proficient enough for training, documentation, and the type of work peer support will require;
  • Successfully complete a division approved peer support training program.

 

Eligibility Requirements for Certified Peer Support Specialist II

Below are the minimum requirements you must meet to be eligible for certification in the state of North Dakota.

  • Currently resides or employed within the state of North Dakota;
  • Self-identify as an individual who has personal lived experience and is willing to publicly identify as an individual in recovery from a mental health disorder, brain injury, substance use disorder, or combination; or is a family member of an individual living with a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, brain injury or combination;
  • At least eighteen years of age;
  • Have a high school diploma or general equivalency or can demonstrate the ability to read and write at a level proficient enough for training, documentation, and the type of work peer support will require;
  • Successful completion of a division approved peer support supervision training;
  • Successfully complete a division approved peer support training program; and
  • Applicant has at least one thousand five hundred direct service hours as a peer support specialist.

 

Checklist of Required Documentation

Certified Peer Support Specialist I

  • Proof of successful completion of a division approved peer support training.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including: 
  • A personal statement that must detail how you will use your lived experience to benefit others through a peer relationship.
  • Application Fee for Certified Peer Support Specialist
    Application fee of $50.

Certified Peer Support Specialist II

  • Proof of successful completion of a division approved peer support training
  • Proof of successful completion of a division approved peer support supervision training.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including: 
  • A personal statement that must detail how you will provide direction, develop competence, skills and ethical expertise in a collaborative manner with certified peer support specialists.
  • Application Fee for Certified Peer Support Specialist
    Application fee of $50.
  • Hours Verification
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