This resource list is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list of all possible trainings that could count towards your required 20 hours of additional training for certification or recertification. Along with these organizations, you can contact a PSS Trainer to see if they offer any additional courses, such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), Person Centered Thinking, etc. A maximum of eight (8) hours of training related to children and families will be accepted. Applicants can also use college credits (if related mental health or substance use disorder or human services) and must submit an official transcript for the credits to be counted for 20 hours.

*Please note all training must be human service, mental health, substance use.

Resources for North Carolina - Based Trainings:

Mental Health First Aid, USA – An 8 hour certification course in responding to mental health crises, find a course near you:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a Peer-to-Peer course as well as other courses at a variety of locations across North Carolina. On their webpage click on the link, “Your Local NAMI,” to find what trainings they offer in your county: 
North Carolina Interventions (NCI) is a “standardized training program to prevent the use of restraints and seclusion, created and supported by DMH/DD/SAS and used in various DMH/DD/SAS community agencies and state facilities.” To find a trainer near you:
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) is offered through the Copeland Center:
SAMHSA – Offers WHAM training which would count for certification / recertification

NEW PSS live Webinars:

The North Carolina Peer Support Specialist (NCCPSS) Program, in collaboration with the Community Engagement and Empowerment team at the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Services (DMH/DD/SUS) and Certified Peer Support Specislist (CPSS) is pleased to offer free training to CPSS. These webinars will focus on a variety of topics related to Peer Support. The contact hours can be used for the additional training required for recertification.  Click on the link below to view and register!   

Resources for Online Trainings:

You can take 23 hours of training for free online through the Behavioral Health Springboard website. The four courses are the following:

NEW 07/2023

"Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training Course 1: Military Culture and Essential Topics" - 3.0 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training Course 2: Co-occurring Disorders and Treatment Resources" - 2.0 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training Course 3: Effective Communication and Stress Management" - 3.0 NCCPSS Contact Hours


NEW 04/2022

"Cannabis: What Mental Health and Addictions Specialists Need to Know" - 2.5 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Gambling: The Hidden Addiction" - 4.0 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Introduction to Individual Placement and Support for Behavioral Health" - 0.5 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Quitting Tobacco Too: For People With Substance Use Disorders" - 1.5 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Supervising NC Certified Peer Support Specialists" - 3.0 NCCPSS Contact Hours

"Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders" - 3.5 NCCPSS Contact Hours
All are located at Behavioral Health Springboard:

More Online Resources:

Health Knowledge offers a variety of free online courses that relate to behavioral healthcare:

Magellan Health offers free online continuing education courses for Peer Support:

Relias Learning offers a variety of online courses that relate to human services:

Quantum Units Education offers mental health and substance abuse online courses:

NC AHECs provide continuing education courses covering a variety of evidence based topics in substance use and mental health.  For more information or to view upcoming programs visit:”  

The SAY IT Program. Sharpen your peer support skills while moving your own life forward. In SAY IT's online continuing education experience, you'll deepen your knowledge and application of self-determination and self-advocacy, then apply your new learning immediately to your own personalized goal: