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Become a Peer Support Specialist

Working in peer support is an especially rewarding experience. You get to share the tools, skills, and information you have learned to transform your own life with individuals going through similar struggles. Not only do you get to contribute to the lives of others, but you also improve your own recovery and wellbeing in the process.

As more and more learn about the impact of peer support, opportunities and career paths for peer specialists will grow and expand. Its growth has the potential to radically transform the ways we support people in the behavioral health system.

Learn more about how to get started in this exciting field below!


If you are interested in working as a peer support specialist, you will likely have to participate in some sort of training. Requirements vary across the states so you must determine what is required in your state or county. Doors to Wellbeing has a comprehensive list of training, certification requirements, and appropriate contact information by each state. Costs, payment options, and educational requirements will also depend on where you are located.

If you are interested in eventually pursuing national certification, MHA recommends these trainings.


Similar to training, certification varies across the US. Learn if your state has a peer specialist certification and any related requirements here.

Generally, if you live in a state with a peer specialist certification, you will need to be certified to work as a peer specialist.

Return to the Center for Peer Support.

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
 Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone (703) 684.7722

Toll Free (800) 969.6642

Fax (703) 684.5968

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