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FAQs

Does South Carolina S.H.A.R.E. offer recertification training?

Yes. SC SHARE offers an intensive training and recertification program. Recertification is offered annually in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. The SC SHARE recertification has been sanctioned by the Department of Health and Human Services and consists of 20 hours of continuing education credits or CEUs.

 

Certified Peer Support Specialists can complete these hours before the annual date (independently) of certification, however, certification will expire 90 days after the annual date of certification(for example, a person receives initial certification on 01/01/2024, the annual date of certification will be 01/01/2025.  Recertification will not be permitted after 04/01/2025). 

**In the event of a certification expiring, the Peer Supporter must complete the entire certification training for official South Carolina CPSS credentialing.**

How do I get certified?

Certification courses are offered throughout the year through SC SHARE. You should frequently check the trainings offered by SC SHARE and once you are prepared to attend, simply submit your application and pay the applicable fee. Someone will reach out to you to verify your registration prior to the training date. 

How do I get recertified?

We here at SC SHARE are working diligently to expedite and simplify the recertification process. Please check the Recertification tab located above for more information.

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others who are experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, Peer Support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.

How do I register for CEUs?

Look under the Training & Events section on our website, select the training you wish to attend, and register for the training. Typically the day before the training you will be provided a zoom link for that training.

How many CEUs do I need a year?

In order to retain your certification, you will need to accumulate a minimum of 20 CEUs per year. SC SHARE provides numerous training opportunities a year that are free of charge. In addition, there are numerous opportunities in the community for you to take advantage of. 

What if I lose my Peer Support certificate?

If you misplace your certificate, just reach out to us. We will be more than happy to verify your current certification and reissue you a copy at no additional charge. 

Where can I find a job?

Unfortunately, SC SHARE does not track employment opportunities in the peer support community. Finding work as a Peer Support Specialist will depend largely on what is available in your community and what other types of qualifications you possess. Many mental health agencies, hospitals, transitions centers, and the like do hire Peer Supporters, but this is research you will have to conduct in your immediate community. 

Question not answered? Just reach out to us.

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