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Request an Application for National Certification as a Peer Trainer

A Certified Peer Trainer is an individual who has been certified as being competent to train peer assistants (helpers or coaches) and to design and implement peer assistance (helpers) programs.

Certification is based on the quality and extent of experience as a trainer as well as the degree of involvement in effective peer programs.

Three levels of Certification are available: Level I, Peer Helper Trainer; Level II, Advanced Peer Helper Trainer; and Level III, Peer Helper Trainer-Consultant. Each Level requires demonstration of competency in four areas: knowledge, interpersonal skills, group skills, and program experience. Certified Trainers are listed in a National Registry of Certified Peer Trainers.

Certification Provides

Program Standards
Professional Identity

Requirement for Application Request
To submi a Certification Application or to be considered by the National Certification Review Panel for certification, you MUST be a member of a recognized peer association or organization.

Typical organizations and associations include:

If you meet the above requirement, click here to download the Certification Application.

The Peer Helper Certification System was originally established in
1987 by the Peer Counselling Project at the University of Victoria.

View the Criteria for Level I
View the Criteria for Level II
View the Criteria for Level III
View the Procedures for Application
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