Prerequisite Requirements to Be a Certified Peer Support Specialist

18 years of age or older.

Self-identify as a current or former consumer of mental health and/or substance abuse services.

High School Diploma or GED

A minimum of three years in recovery.

A CPSW candidate must complete 40 supervised hours of volunteer or paid work with direct client contact in a behavioral health agency.

Application Process:

Complete an application online or download application printable copy.

Provide proof of education.

Agree to abide by the New Mexico Certified Peer Support Worker’s Code of Ethics.

Please do not hesitate to call Melisha Montano at 505-476-6290 if you need further instruction.

New Pre-Req Requirement - 40 Hours

Beginning January, 2019 peers will have to complete 40 experiential hours which can include volunteer or work time at an approved Behavioral Health organization before they can obtain a board Certified Peer Support Worker Certification.

For a list of pre-approved behavioral health organizations willing to accept peers for their pre-requisite hours click here.


Successfully complete the Peer Support Worker training offered through the Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement by State Approved Trainers and complete the 40 hour pre-requisite for peer support workers.


Upon successful completion of the training, the applicant must successfully complete the certification examination provided through New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP).

The certification examination will be provided quarterly. Upon successful completion of the NMCBBHP certification examination, the Peer Support Worker will be mailed a certification document from the NMCBBHP.

All Certified Peer Support Workers will be considered members of the NMCBBHP Board and will be asked to attend quarterly meetings. In addition, two CPSW will be selected to be a part of the Executive Board of the NMCBBHP.