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The Traditional Health Worker website provides complete information about training requirements and approved training programs. Requirements include:
Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS) must complete an 80-hour training program.
Peer Support Specialists (PSS) must complete a 40-hour training program.
PWS and PSS may waive these training requirements if they submit required documentation with their certification application by June 30, 2025. See Section 3 of Oregon Administrative Rule 410-180-0325 to learn more.
To apply for certification:
All applicants must pass a criminal history background check.
PSS and PWS must recertify every three years as described on OHA's Recertification Process page.
To qualify for recertification, PSS and PWS must complete 20 hours of continuing education as described in OHA's Continuing Education Requirements.
The Traditional Health Worker website lists the approved Continuing Education programs that meet OHA requirements.
PSS and PWS Descriptions
Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon - For Certified Recovery Mentor certification
Traditional Health Worker website - For approved training programs and other PSS and PWS certification
Approved Oral Health Training for PSS and PWS Certification
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