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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 www.accbo.com/oralhealth.

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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