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WISE University

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Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training

Are you ready to be Certified?

Let WISE U prepare you for the California Peer Certification Exam!

WISE University provides free training for peers who are ready for their Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification (MPSS Certification). Our MPSS Certification training meets all requirements for California's Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification and the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential.

WISE U's MPSS Certification is a full service training program. It offers participants preparation for CalMHSA's certification exam for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists as well as career and job coaching support opportunities. Our graduates are eligible for 6 months of career mentorship support from our skilled trainers who have experience with working as peer supporters. We also assist with locating jobs through our fieldwork opportunities, job portal and placement assistance.

Are you already a WISE U Graduate?

Sign up to access the WISE U Peer Job Portal!

What People Say About WISE U
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[The] facilitators whole-heartedly believe in the program, personal stories, fun and laughter.

I really enjoyed the entire class. I liked the modules we received each day.

[I liked] the inclusivity and hard work WISE did to keep the training engaging and current, as well as updated and fun!

About the Training

  • Virtual Hybrid Course (Virtual Live Sessions plus Independent Learning activities) 

  • 10 days (8 hours per day; 4 hours in Live Session and 4 hours of Independent Learning)

  • 30 students maximum per cohort


Technical Requirements:

  • Access to a computer with dedicated internet access (Wi-Fi or Ethernet)

  • A webcam (internal or external) 

  • A microphone and speakers (internal or external); all in good working order

Students who complete WISE U's MPSS Certification program will need to apply online and register to take the CalMHSA Certification Exam 

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent degree. They must also self-identify as having experience with the process of recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, either as a consumer of these services or as the parent, caregiver or family member of a consumer. Participants must be willing to share their experiences and have a strong dedication to recovery. They must know why they want to do peer support work within California's public mental health system. Finally all participants must be available to complete all 80 required hours for training.

Upcoming Training Sessions

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit a training application

  2. Participate in a mandatory Information Webinar

  3. Attend a Readiness Interview

  4. Complete a background check​

*Applications continuously accepted but applicants must apply by the deadline to attend a specific training sessions.

*Acceptance in the training program is not automatic. Applicants will be informed by email whether or not they have been accepted into the training program.

Contact Us

720 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825

Monday thorough Friday | 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

(916) 376-7736

WISE University is funded by the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) through the voter approved Mental Health Service Act (MHSA)

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