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Peer Support Specialist Training and Certification

Three steps for Peer Support Specialist training and certification:

  1. Attend an Approved Peer Support Training Session (minimum 40 hours);
  2. Submit a certification application available through the Traditional Health Workers Commission; and
  3. Pass a Criminal Background Check.  

 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 (OEI) approved training programs may include oral health. Please ask them.
  • You can take the ACCBO's free online oral health training at

Peer Support Specialist programs

OEI registers and trains traditional health workers (THWs), including Peer Support Specialists and Peer Wellness Specialists.

Certification and Credentialing organizations

For Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Mentor Certification applications, visit OEI's Traditional Health Worker website.

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