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NYS Peer Worker Certification Information and Resources

The AIDS Institute (AI) has, for many years, recognized the important role that peer workers 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. The NYS Peer Worker Certification Program is highlighted in the NYS Blueprint for Ending the AIDS Epidemic – peer delivered services 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 6/1/2023

The New York State Peer Worker Certification Program is excited to officially announce a new certification track – individuals may apply to become a NYS Certified Peer Worker in Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). This new track requires the same amount of training and practicum hours as previous tracks and introduces several new specialized courses available on PrEP and sexual health.

The AIDS Institute is working hard to make the trainings required for certification available on-line. Many of the training requirements can now be completed online. Please refer to our recently updated Peer Worker Course Catalog, Course Tracker Forms, and to learn more about available courses and program requirements.

As a reminder, NYS Certified Peer Workers are required to take 10 continuing education hours per year to remain in good standing and renew their certification. We encourage CPWs to register for the trainings being offered through this website.

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