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Trainings & Certification

Training and Certification as a Peer Support Specialist is a two part process:

  • Attend an Approved Peer Support Training Session; and
  • Submit a certification application available through the Traditional Health Workers Commission  
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check

Note: Training courses are at least 40 hours in length

 New training requirement: oral health

To be certified or recertified, you must take an approved oral health training. The Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion approved training programs may include oral health. Please ask them.

You can take the ACCBO online without cost at www.accbo.com/oralhealth.

Peer Support Specialist Programs

The Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion is responsible for registering and training traditional health workers (THWs), including Peer Support Specialists and Peer Wellness Specialists.

If you have questions, please contact Shawn Clark at shawn.clark@state.or.us or 503-945-9720.

Certification and Credentialing Organizations

For Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Mentor Certification applications, visit the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) Traditional Health Worker website

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