Are you interested in becoming a Certified Family Peer Support Worker?

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid New Mexico mailing address
  • Valid New Mexico driver’s license
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Parent or primary caregiver of a child or youth who:
    • has received a mental health or developmental disability diagnosis and/or a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, and
    • has navigated child-serving systems** on behalf of their child. Must have familiarity in one or more child-serving system.**Child serving systems include mental health services, special education, juvenile justice, or child protective services.

Next Steps After You Apply

  • NMSU-COI and CYFD-BHS will review your application
  • If you meet the requirements, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview.
  • Once approved to attend you will be able to register to attend an upcoming Family Peer Support Worker 40-hour Training.

Credentialing Exam

The FPS Certification exam is administered by the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals. Applicants must first complete required training and receive a certificate of completion in order to register for the exam.

Family Peer Support Worker Certification Training

Completion of the 40-hour Family Peer Support Worker Certification Training is required. The training is currently being offered virtually 4-6 times per year.

Training information is provided after the CFPSW Application is received and approved.

Work Exposure/Volunteer Hours

All candidates for Family Peer Support Worker Certification must also submit work exposure hours as part of their training.