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Interest In In-Person Peer Support Specialist Certification

Thank you for your interest in becoming certified as a Peer Support Specialist!  This certification is available to anyone in recovery from substance use or mental illness.  The process to become a Peer Support Specialist is as follows:

  • Attend 5 days of in-person classes from 9am-5pm, date and location to be determined. 
  • 10 hours of self-directed videos
  • Submit an application to the State after completion of the course.  We will pay for the application fee and help you with your application.  
  • Assistance applying for employment

Please note that we may be able to offer a stipend for individuals who complete the certification process.   

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To be eligible for certification, an applicant must self-attest to lived experience with recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder. Please write a couple sentences about your experience in recovery.
The State of Alaska offers an option for Indigenous People to receive certification as a Traditional Peer Support Specialist. This certification supports the use of traditional methods of healing and knowing in the individual's work. The training is for people pursuing either Indigenous or standard credentials.

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