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Peer Certification Information and Resources

The AIDS Institute (AI) has, for many years, recognized the important role that peers can play in improving health outcomes and many health and social service programs have a long history of successfully engaging clients in a wide range of activities. Peer certification is highlighted in the NYS Blueprint for Ending the AIDS Epidemic and peer services can play a key role in meeting the state’s goals of increasing linkage and retention in care, rates of viral suppression and preventing new infections.

Updated 8/12/2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery of all in-person trainings included in the NYS Peer Worker Course Catalogue remain on hold until further notice, but online courses that will count towards NYS Peer Certification hours are now available. Please see the updated "Peer Worker Course Catalogue" and "Tracker Forms" (links below) for details. Registration for online courses is available through this website.

Although the lack of in-person classes has slowed down the application process for many, we have continued to certify peers who have successfully completed their requirements during this difficult time. Please note the next deadline to submit completed applications is 10/28/22 to be included in the next Review Board meeting in November. Applications submitted after that date will be held for the following meeting. If you need assistance with your application, please contact the Center for Public Health Education program at 631-444-3208.

Certified Peer Workers who need continuing education hours should register for one of the many webinars or on-line trainings being offered on through this website.

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