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The Academy of Peer Services (APS) is an online, on-demand, self-directed training and testing website offering a wide range of interactive multimedia courses for those seeking certification in New York State as peer specialists in mental health settings. Courses on the supervision of peer specialists are also available.

APS is a collaboration between Rutgers University, Dept. of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), and a growing network of Community Collaborators.
To learn more about our project team and Advisory Council, click here.

The Academy is funded through the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), Office of Consumer Affairs
Certification for peer specialists practicing in mental health settings  is administered and authorized through a separate organization: the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (NYPSCB).
While designed for the certification of peer specialists providing services in mental health settings, anyone with an interest in learning more about peer support is welcome to take courses.
Enrollment is free and open to all, but it is subject to our Terms of Use.

APS Term Start/ End Dates

2021 Term 1
Open 1/4/21 Close 3/29/21

2021 Term 2
Open 5/3/21 Close 7/26/21

2021 Term 3 (Current)
Open 9/3/21 Close 11/29/21

APS Brochure
For a downloadable brochure, click here.

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