Peer Specialist

Help someone in recovery

Have you overcome addiction or a mental disorder personally or been very close to someone who has? When you understand first-hand how important it is to have a good support system, it's natural to want to help others facing the same problems. The Peer Specialist course will provide you with the education and training you need to help others and use your experiences for positive outcomes appropriately.

If you’ve made progress in your recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder and want to provide support to others dealing with similar issues, you might find a position as a peer specialist ideal. As a peer specialist, you’ll provide support to others living with mental health or addiction issues—your peers. This support may be particularly valuable because you’re able to offer perspective from your own lived experience.


Peer specialists can offer support in several different ways. You might assist your client with:

  • Identifying recovery goals and making a plan of action

  • Finding and accessing health care or other needed resources

  • Developing good self-care practices, often through modeling your own

  • Developing relationships in the community

  • Developing wellness plan

  • Identifying personal strengths and values

Tuition Options

We believe everyone should have access to higher education, with the option to pay in full or break down payments.

How to earn your Certification in Peer Specialist ?

  • Review each Module

  • Watch the Video in each Module

  • Pass the Quizzes in the Modules

  • Pass the Final Exam

  • Download and Print Your Certificate

Experienced Recovery

Whether you've experienced recovery from mental illness or co-occurring substance, addiction, and mental disorders, becoming a Peer Specialist may be a great option for you. You will gain an understanding of the roles of Peer Specialists and Peer Supporters relative to advocacy, addressing stigma and discrimination, interpersonal communication, an overview of mental health and substance use disorders, cultural competence, ethical responsibilities, and legal issues.

You'll learn to encourage and help others through videos of peers in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction throughout the coursework, become a role model for others and show them that it is possible to achieve recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will I learn?

    Understand how their own values are formed and how understanding themselves affects the way in which they understand others  
    Learn definitions and tasks performed by peer specialists
    Be introduced to appropriate roles in the workplace
    Be introduced to concepts such as conflict resolution, cultural competency, and tolerance
    Understand the importance of self-care and design a self-care plan
     Learn the value of inspiring hope and contributing to the development of a recovery culture  

  • How long do I have to complete the coures?

    You have three (3) months to complete the 40-hours course.
    Self-paced, online course
    3 months to complete
    Open enrollment, begin anytime
    40- hours course

  • When I am ready, where can I take my state exam?
    This 40-hour training course includes content and standards that are promoted by the Florida Certification Board and may be accepted by State Certification Boards that provide credentials for Recovery Peer Specialists or Peer Supporters. Students should check with their State Certification Boards for more information on Certification.

  • Will I receive a certificate after completing the class?

    Yes, As soon as you pass our online Peer Specialist training, you can print your certificate. Meaning, you’ll be able to get a job right away!

  • Where can I work as a Peer Specialists?

    Peer support specialists hold positions in a wide range of working environments all over the United States.
    Specialists are commonly employed by:
    Outpatient counseling clinics
    Detox facilities
    Hospitals or wellness centers
    Community centers

    Peer specialists can search for open positions through online job boards, such as Indeed, Careerlink, and ZipRecruiter.

  • Occupational Demand for Peer Specialists

    The number of peer specialist jobs is expected to increase by 12% by 2028, more than twice the average rate. Peer Specialist earned a median annual salary of $34,870 in 2018.

  • How do I contact the school?

    Contact us
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