Application Information

The CPS Application can be found by clicking here.

Requests for paper applications and/or questions should be addressed to:

Mail: PCB, 298 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109

Phone: 717-540-4455



Formal certification through PCB is necessary to provide Medicaid billable peer support services.


NOTE: the time-limited grandparenting process ended on August 31, 2019. Applications that were emailed, faxed or postmarked on that date will be accepted. If applicants are missing any information they will be contacted by PCB and given a deadline to submit the information. If they do not complete the process by the deadline, they will need to complete the process outlined in the application below, including taking the examination.To more formally recognize the value of peers in the workforce, Pennsylvania is moving to a new full peer certification offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). 


The requirements to become a CPS are:



Within the last three (3) years, have either maintained at least 12 months of successful work or earned at least 24 credit hours at a college or post-secondary education institution.

Official transcripts sent directly from the education institution to PCB are required to verify credit hours.



Completion of the 75 hours of approved peer specialist certification training.


  • Pass the Examination for Certified Peer Specialists. 


  • Signed and dated Code of Ethical Conduct.

  • Signed, dated and notarized Release.

  • You must either live or work in Pennsylvania at time of application.

  • You must be a person with lived experience.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Submit the application fee.


Recertification Reminder

The CPS certification will be valid for two years. To avoid a lapse in certification, recertification should occur before the end of the two-year certification period.  Recertification requires obtaining 36 hours of CEUs every two years and a $50 two-year recertification fee.

Recertification Information

This formal certification through the PCB is designed to help strengthen the profession and give CPSs a stronger voice, while maintaining the essence of peer support in delivering recovery-oriented services.

REMEMBER:  This formal certification will be necessary to provide Medicaid billable peer support services.