8/21 NOTICE: The NC Certified Peer Support Specialist Program staff will be on a break the week of August 24th. We will resume processing of applications the week of August 31st. During the break, you may continue to mail your certification and recertification applications to the address on the application form, and we will process them upon our return.
Thank you for understanding, the NCCPSS Program Staff.

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

The NC Peer Support Specialist Certification Program is pleased to announce the rollout of a new special designation option for NCCPSS who are active or veteran Military Service Members, effective immediately.


North Carolina has created a designation for CPSS with the name “Military Service Member” for those with active status and “Veteran Service Member” for those with previous service.  Eligibility requirements for this designation include:

  • Meeting requirements for PSS certification
  • Having current or previous military service


  • Submission of a copy of a DD 214 form or Military ID
  • Completion of 8 hours online training from courses listed on website (see link  below)

For new NCCPSS applicants and those that currently hold the old V designation that is interested in the new Designation:

  • Submission of a copy of a DD 214 form or Military ID
  • Completion of 8 hours of online military specific training from courses listed on the website (see link below) in addition to the 20 hours (human service, mental health, and/or substance use training) needed for certification (total of 28 hours).
  • Submission of NCCPSS certification application & necessary documents
  • Military specific training website: http://www.aheconnect.com/citizensoldier/courses.asp

Maintaining Designation (Recertification)

  • 12 hours of human service, mental health, and/or substance use training at the time of recertification.
  • 8 hours of military specific training from this website: http://www.aheconnect.com/citizensoldier/courses.asp  (Each training on this website can be completed once) or any other website.


NC CPSS Mailing Address

Send application packets to:

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