Peer Certification Test Information

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE PEER SUPPORT CERTIFICATION TEST?


Anyone who has successfully completed an approved 40-hour Peer Support training course offered by WIMHRT or by an RSN is eligible to take the state certification test. 


You must take the test within one year of the date you completed the training.  You may take the test up to three times; if you do not pass by that point, you must re-apply to the Peer Support program and re-take the course.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for testing, contact Bonnie Staples at (360) 725-1883 Bonnie.Staples@dshs.wa.gov

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WHEN AND WHERE IS THE TEST OFFERED?


A certification test will be scheduled approximately three weeks from the end of each training session, in the same vicinity.  You will be able to sign up for this test at the end of the training course.


Please note that people who have taken the most recent training prior to each test will be given priority.  If too many people register, you may be placed on a waitlist for the next test.

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The upcoming tests we have scheduled are below:

Please note: All Tests Start at 9am unless otherwise noted. Plan to stay for up to 6 hours to get through everyone who is there that day (though will likely be less time than that).

Check home page for dates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To register for a test, please note above when the Registration will open. On and after that date, you may contact Aubre Lawless to register: alawless@uw.edu or (206) 697-8916.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?


You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the testing site (directions to each site are given above).  We do not provide lodging or meals for test takers.


Each testing session begins promptly at 9:00 am, unless you are notified otherwise.  The testing session may last up to six hours, so we recommend you bring a lunch or snack and something to do (a book, knitting, crossword puzzles, etc.).


The test consists of two parts:

We strongly recommend that you form a study group with other test-takers in your area.  Focus on mastering the learning objectives at the beginning of each section of the manual.  To prepare for the oral section, make sure you are able to discuss in detail the key concepts and skills of peer support.  It may help to practice speaking with a friend or in front of a mirror.

For the oral portion of the test, you will randomly draw 2 questions and will choose which one you wish to answer. You will be given 5 minutes to think about this question and formulate your thoughts, including the opportunity to write some notes for yourself. Then you will present your answer to a panel of 3 reviewers.


You will receive your test results in the mail a few weeks after the test.  If you do not pass, you may register for any upcoming test you choose.


Good luck!

For information about the Peer Support Trainings, click here.