This class is full. You may still submit an application and references for review. Approved applicants will be placed on the waiting list for a future session.

Peer Support Specialists are messengers of hope who play an essential role in increasing positive outcomes for individuals on their recovery paths. You have chosen to share your experience to help others, and our course is designed to help prepare you for employment as a Peer Support Specialist.

This 40-hour training meets the guidelines set forth by North Carolina’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Program and includes topics such as:

  • Commitment to Personal Recovery
  • Self-care and Wellness
  • Relationship Building and Communication Skills
  • Peer Support Interactions
  • Systems Competencies
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Supporting Veterans
  • Cultural Competence/Awareness
  • Overcoming Barriers

Your trainers have firsthand experience working as Peer Support Specialists and will guide you through a series of activities, discussions, and reflections that provide insight into what it is like to work with peers in recovery. You will also learn ways to monitor your own wellness so that you are better able to sustain your recovery and support others in theirs. This class is interactive, and we welcome you to share your unique perspective throughout the training.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a high demand for our PSS training, and class size is limited by state guidelines. Submitting your application does not guarantee a seat in the next class. If a class is full upon application approval, you will be added to the waiting list and contacted when there is an available seat in an upcoming session. Our training dates and locations are updated quarterly.

Ready to get started? Please submit a complete application packet, which includes OUR training application and two written references. Instructions for each are printed on the forms. Please use the documents linked in this class posting below, not the ones for state certification. A $30 registration fee will be collected after acceptance to the course. If you have additional questions, please send email to Thank you!

Training Dates (enter the start and end dates and times for your training event): 
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, July 14, 2017 - 5:00pm
Contact Person: 
Application information at
Trainer's Name: 
Richie Tannerhill
Maximum Number of Participants: 
Minimum Number of Participants: 

Asheville, NC
Location details will be distributed to participants who are approved to attend.