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 Certification 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.

Click the ‘Obtain Copy of CFPSW Certificate’ button, then type your name into the ‘Search’ box.  Recommend using last name.

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

All candidates for Family Peer Support Worker Certification must also demonstrate completion 40 hours of exposure to the child-serving systems of New Mexico. 

Candidates will complete Site Identification Form at start of hours.

Supervisors will complete Hours Verification Form at completion of hours.

Exposure Hours Alternative  eLearning Series

Are you working towards certification? The Family Peer Support eLearning Series is currently approved as an alternative to the work exposure hours requirement. More information and access request form at the link below.