Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training

Student Leadership & Empowerment Training for Peer Educators

Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training is an effective strategy for building a well-educated and sustainable peer education group. CPE Training helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully create and implement campus programs.  

Initially launched by the BACCHUS Network in 1994, the Certified Peer Educator program has been an asset to health and wellness peer educators, leading to the certification of more than 200,000 individuals since its inception. As the higher education landscape has evolved, so have the roles of peer educators - whether in the capacity of traditional health and wellness peer educators, resident advisors, or orientation leaders (just to name a few). Campuses are relying on their students to be curators of change and support systems for their peers, and the CPE program provides foundational-level skills to allow these students to be successful. Throughout the 12 hour, 8 module course, students will hone their skillsets to be effective peer educators and leaders. 

How Can I bring CPE to My Campus? 

1. Become a CPE Facilitator Yourself: 

The CPE curriculum is available for NASPA Institutional Members. Individual trainers must go through a train-the-trainer program through NASPA's Online Learning Community. Upon completion of the Train-the-Trainer, individuals will be able to certify students on their campus. 

2. Bring a National Trainer to Your Campus:

Peer Education groups (or even a consortium of groups in a local area) can bring a NASPA staff trainer to campus. Please let us know if you'd like to schedule a training on your campus -- we can provide the Train-the-Trainer training or the full CPE course in person for your campus. 

What Does CPE Training Include?

CPE is a comprehensive, 12-hour foundation training suitable for any  collegiate peer education group. This training is broken up into 8 distinct modules. The course can be taught during a training over a long weekend, or throughout a semester as part of a course. The modules and skillsets that your students will develop include:

  1. Understanding the Power, Roles, and Characteristics of Quality Peer Educators
  2. Affecting and Understanding “Change Making” as a Peer Educator
  3. Being an Effective Listener as a Peer Educator
  4. A Peer Educator’s Role in Responding to Crisis
  5. Bystander Intervention as a Peer Education Technique
  6. Intrapersonal Applications of Identity as a Peer Educator
  7. Putting the “Educator” in Peer Educator
  8. Group Development and Moving Forward

This document outlines the course content and what to expect in each of these modules.

Certify Your Peer Educators

Students who are certified receive a CPE membership stating that they have indeed been trained in the core skills that will make them a better leader, role model, activist, and team member. After completing the training, students receive a certificate, membership card, and resume attachment by completing the online test. You can order student workbooks online at NASPA's websiteBe sure to plan ahead and order extra workbooks, if your year-end budget allows.

Helpful Links & Resources

Students - Looking to register & log in to take your CPE exam? Click here!
Facilitators - Looking to log in to view your training materials? Click here
Looking to register for the CPE Train the Trainer Course? Click here
Need to buy more CPE Workbooks? Click here!
Have more questions about bringing CPE to your campus? E-mail us!