Peer Support Specialist Training

Becoming a Peer Support Specialist

This training helps prepare peer support specialists to use their own experiences to share messages of hope to other individuals in recovery. Vaya Health uses a specially developed curriculum under the guidelines of North Carolina’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. **Please note: Beginning January 1, 2023, Vaya Health will increase the number of training hours from 40 to 50. The state’s program requires this update. The additional hours will include a combination of pre-work, self-study assignments, and classroom time.**

Vaya offers this course at various locations in North Carolina as one of the pre-requisites for state certification. Activities and discussions provide insight into working with peers in recovery. Participants learn to monitor their own wellness to sustain their recovery, support others and share their own perspectives throughout the highly interactive training.

There is a high demand for our Peer Support Specialist Training, and class size is limited by state guidelines. If a class is full upon application approval, you will be offered an available seat in an upcoming session. Our training dates and locations are updated quarterly on our Calendar of Events.

 Peer Support Specialist Training Application

pdf-1 Peer Support Specialist Reference Form (Two required)

How do I apply?

1. Download and submit a complete application packet that includes the training application and two written references.

2. Instructions are printed on both forms. One application and two references must be completed.

3. Submit all forms to Vaya Health, Attention: Peer Support Training, 825 Wilkesboro Blvd. SE, Lenoir, NC 28645 or by email to

4. Individuals who are approved to attend will receive course location details.

5. A $30 registration fee will be collected after acceptance to the course.

6. If classes are full, you may still apply. Approved applicants will be placed on our waiting list for a future session.

How do I learn more?

  • Read about the state certification process.
  • Training applicant qualifications and instructions are included in the application and reference forms. You will receive email confirmation upon receipt of your application. Approved applicants are added to our waiting list and will receive an invitation to the next class with an available seat.
  • Upcoming trainings are posted quarterly on our Calendar of Events.

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