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:

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.

02-26-2018 ATTENTION:

The NCCPSS Program is in the process of launching a new eight hour training to satisfy the Veteran Service Member and Military Service Member designations.  The Greensboro AHEC link has been reactivated (at least for now).  We cannot be certain how long it will be active or when the new training will be available.

Anyone seeking the designation please utilize the trainings from Greensboro AHEC.  We will remove the AHEC link replacing it with the new training, once the new site is available.

Please send any additional questions or comments to: pss-support@listserv.unc.edu 

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