Thank you for considering CAPS Academy as your choice for your Peer Support Specialist Certification Training, we are honored to support your learning journey!

Our Admission Process:

Applicants apply to the Academy via online application. Because cohort capacity is limited, admittance is competitive, and applying does not guarantee an interview. Unfortunately due the number of applicants, we will not be able to disclose reasons for admittance not being granted.  Once the application period is closed, we begin conducting interviews. Those who have been interviewed will then be notified whether or not they have been admitted. We want each student to have rewarding learning experience and recognize that our format and schedule may not be a good fit for everyone. We encourage applicants to look at all of the approved training vendors that best fits their needs.

Who Can participate?

Those who identify as a Peer in recovery who are age 18 or older and who have personal lived experience with a mental illness, addiction, justice involvement and/or a close family member with lived experience.


  • Training participants must commit to attending and actively participating in 80 hours of training.
  • Training participants must have access to a computer or laptop and stable internet connection
  • Training participants must have the technical capability and make a commitment to participate on camera during Zoom virtual classroom sessions
  • Training participants must have the heart and passion to assist others on their journey.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Are planning to take the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Exam.
  • Have Basic Digital Literacy skills that enables participation in the Online Courses.
  • Have access to a computer or laptop and stable internet connection.
  • Act as an agent on their own behalf.
  • Will (pro)actively contribute to the class as a learning community.
  • Will commit to the entire duration of the program.
  • Can create a distraction free learning environment remotely, that enables them to be fully present and engaged.


The CAPS Academy is currently accepting applications for our June Cohort.  All applicants are required to take a digital literacy assessment test. Go to Click on take assessment under Test Your Digital Literacy. Once you receive your test score, please attach it. A passing score is 85% or above. You can take the test as many times as you'd like before submitting your score. Please click on Start Application below to apply.  

For Key Dates, please click here.

For questions or to learn more information about the training, contact:
Georgie Sullivan
, Training Assistant. (323) 772-9732

Click on California Peer Certification for additional information about the certification process.

Select Admission:


Personal Infomation

*Firt Name
*Middle Name
*Last Name
I liked to be called
City, State, County
*How did you hear about the CAPS Academy?

*Have you applied to CAPS Academy training(s) in the past?
*Upload you Digital Literacy assessment
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All applicants are required to take a digital literacy assessment test. If you don't have your assessment, please go to

Alternative Contact Infomation

This is someone who could be reached in case of emergency or as a way to contact you if the information you provided above changes:

*First Name
*Last Name

Applicant Written Essay

Please answer all of the questions below in your own words.

*A disability is defined as an individual who: 1) has a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that limits one or more life activities, such as walking, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, learning, caring for oneself or working; 2) has a record or history of such impairment or medical condition; or 3) is regarded as having such an impairment or medical condition.

*1. How has your lived experience inspired you to work in the field?
*2. What does Peer Professional mean to you?
*3. What is your long term career goal?
*4. "Recovery" is a term often used in mental health care. Please define your personal definition of recovery.
*5. Who is your personal inspiration? Please provide a specific example of how this person has influenced your life.

Applicant Preparation and Commitment

Participating in the CAPS Academy is an opportunity as well as a commitment. We want to be clear about our expectations. When you accept admittance to the CAPS Academy, you are agreeing to prioritized participation.

*If selected for CAPS Academy, what potential challenges would prevent you from completing the course?
*Check any anticipated challenges that may interfere with your completion of CAPS Academy?

*Please describe what preparations and supports you have in place for these challenges.
*Are there any days/hours you will not be able to attend CAPS Academy?
*Are you currently participating in any educational or training programs?
*Describe your immediate career/employment plans following CAPS Academy Training. Please be as specific as possible.
*Do you need any accommodations to complete the basic requirements of the CAPS Academy Program?

Cameras are expected to stay on through the duration of each course

Individualized Career Plan

Complete the individualized career plan (ICP) below to state your goal.

*Career Goal
*Requirements (What do I need to reach my goal?)
*Current Skills & interests
*Plan to Reach Career Goal (Who? What? How? Reasonable? Expected Result? Timed/When?

Example of Individualized Career Plan

Name: Jane Ackerman

Career Goal: To successfully complete a peer certification training.

Requirements (What do I need to reach my goal):
I must have lived experience in recovery, apply to an approved peer certification training, participate in a selection process, I will need to have some computer skills to participate in the training and do homework, I must participate and ensure that I understand the material by asking questions and taking notes, I must pass the final exam to successfully complete the training and obtain my completion certificate.

Current Skills & interests:
I have lived experience in recovery. I am a mental health advocate. I have some computer skills and knowledge about using the internet, I am interested in learning more about how to be a peer supporting others.

Plan to Reach Goal (Who? What? How? Reasonable? Expected Result? Timed/When?):
I will successfully complete a peer certification training by applying to a peer certification training program, participating in a selection process by showing up to any interviews and being prepared to showcase my best self. If I take notes during class and study for the final exam, I am likely to pass the final exam and earn my completion certificate by October, 2022.

Digital Participation

To support both applicants and CAPS Academy staff making an informed choice about participation in peer training, we have developed descriptors of technology and digital literacy skills that are meant to enhance the classroom experience and support successfully completing peer training.

*Please check the following that apply to you.

Participant Agreement Form

Read each of the following statements thoroughly! Initial next to the statement you agree with.


Voluntary Disclosure of Self-Identification

*Please identify your county of residence:
*Please identify your ethnicity/race. Select ALL that apply:

*Please select any other languages you speak in addition to English:

*Which one BEST describes your current gender:
*which BEST describes your sexual orientation:
*Please identify if you are a peer and/or a family member:
*Do you identify as having a disability?
*Please select your age group:
*Are you a military veteran?


*Are you currently working or volunteering in the mental health field?
*Name of the agency where you are employed or volunteering.
*Are you currently employed in a Peer Support role?
*Are you currently employed with a Peer Run Organization?
*Are you currently employed with a Behavioral Health County Agency?
*Are you currently employed with a Community Based Organization (CBO)?
*Job title:
*How many hours a week do you work or volunteer?
*When will you take the State Exam?
*Do you have the following?
*Do you have a scholarship?


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