The certification exam is administered five times per year, approximately one month after each training session. The certification exam is held at the offices of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network in Decatur, GA. Training participants receive their testing date during the final day of training. Graduates of the training are allowed to take the exam up to three times. If they have not received their certification on the third attempt, they are asked to re-take the training if they want to test again. Graduates must take the exam within one year of the completion of their training class.
POLICY FOR RECOGNIZING OUT OF STATE CERTIFICATIONS:
The process for those who have been certified in other states to receive their certification as a GA Certified Peer Specialist is as follows:
1.The peer must be certified in a state that follows the GA Recovery Training Model. (All other out of state applicants must first take the Georgia CPS training.) Please call or email the CPS Certification Coordinator to see if your state qualifies.
2.The peer must fax a copy of their out-of-state certification to the GA CPS Project Certification Coordinator.
3.There will be an $85 exam registration fee to be paid to the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network.
4.Preference of testing dates will be given using the following guidelines:
a)Graduates of the most recent training class will be given the first preference of testing dates.
b)Other GA training participants who have completed their training in the past year will be given second preference of testing dates.
c)Those with out of state certification will be given third preference on a space available basis. Out of state applicants will be put on a waiting list and notified of the space availability on the last day of the sign up period.
5.The peer will have three (3) opportunities (including the first attempt) within one calendar year from the date of their first attempt, to take the exam to obtain their GA certification in the same manner as graduates of the GA CPS training.
6.If the peer is unsuccessful at obtaining their certification after the first try, they will then be eligible for the tutoring session offered before the testing sessions in the same manner as graduates of the GA CPS training. Additional resources are also available such as forming a study group at the Peer Support and Wellness Center in Decatur, GA.
For additional questions regarding the testing or certification process, please contact
Mariam Abdul-Aziz, CPS Certification Coordinator of the Georgia CPS Project at 404-687-9487 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.