05/11/2020 COVID-19 Update Regarding Application Processing:

The NC Certified Peer Support Specialist program resumed the processing of applications effective May 11, 2020. Applications for certification can be mailed to the address on the application form. Please note that processing time will be longer as a result of the limited access to the office and the likely influx of applications.

All Certified Peer Support Specialists that have a renewal date in March and April are encouraged to submit their recertification by May 31st.

Questions/Concerns you can call our regular office number: 919-843-3018. Thank you for your understanding in this difficult situation - NCCPSS Registry Team.


North Carolina does not accept other states Peer Support Certifications. Please follow the Certification Application process below:

Individuals meeting the eligibility, training and application criteria must complete and submit the following documentation for certification: 

  1. Application Process checklist form
  2. North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Application form
  3. Two (2) Personal Reference Forms (the submission requirements for Personal Reference Forms are included in the Instructions on the forms)
  4. A valid certificate showing successful completion of a Division approved 40 hour Peer Support Specialist training
  5. Training Log Form and certificate(s) of successful completion of 20 hours of training that will help the peer specialist understand the job and be successful with peers (Training such as, but not limited to, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Person-Centered Thinking, Personal Assistance in Community Existence (PACE), Crisis Prevention). If lapsed in the past, training must occur after the last certification or recertification date. A maximum of eight (8)hours of training related to children and families will be accepted. Applicants can also use course work if related to the work of NCCPSS and will enhance the ability to provide services to people with mental health and/or substance use disorder. The applicant must submit an official transcript for review with the application.
  6. Veteran Service Member or Military Service Member designation requirements.  Provide a copy of DD 214 form OR Military ID along with 8 hours of specified veteran training from this specified website: http://www.aheconnect.com/citizensoldier/courses.asp

  7. A signed copy of the NC CPSS Code of Ethics document.

  8. Evidence of the level of education (eg. Copy of High School Diploma, copy of GED Certificate, or Degree, or Official Transcript (sealed and signed by the college).
  9. Optional: If the applicant has a work history and is willing to share this, please complete Part V of the application. If not, skip these sections.
  10. A $20.00 Cashier's check or money order made out to “PSS-BHS” must be included in the application packet. OR pay online.

The complete application packet and check or money order is mailed to:

Peer Support Specialist Registry
Behavioral Health Springboard (Suite 469)
School of Social Work
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
325 Pittsboro Street Campus Box #3550
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3550

×Time to Process in COVID-19 period:
Please note, due to the high influx of applications and limited access to the office; processing time will be between 10-15 business days on receipt of an application packet. To check the status of your certification/recertification, please visit the Credential Verification page and search your name to verify.

Download the Application Form:

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Who is Eligible?

You will need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for the program: 

  • 18 years or older
  • have lived experiences in significant mental health or substance use disorder
  • have been in recovery for at least one year
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Certification Infographic

Our easy to understand infographic shows the NC PSS certification process in single page. Click the image below.

nc peers infographic

Notice of Change in Practice

Recertification packets are mailed to North Carolina Peer Support Specialists 60 days prior to their certificate expiration date. Upon receipt of the completed recertification packet, the previous policy was to issue recertification certificates based on the date the packet was received and approved.

Effective October 01, 2014 recertification dates will be based on the month and day of initial certification. Certificates will no longer be issued based on the date of approval of recertification packets.

Request Application by Mail

You can also request these documents from the Peer Support Registry by mail from:

Peer Support Specialist Registry
BHS / School of Social Work
UNC Chapel Hill
325 Pittsboro Street Campus Box #3550
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3550