CPE Training Project

Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training

Career and Workforce Development Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Student Leadership Programs Mid-Level
September 24, 2019

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.  The training includes eight modules, covering the role of peer education, helping peers make a behavior change, listening skills, response and referral skills, how to take action and intervene, recognizing the role of diversity and inclusivity, programming and presentation skills, self-care, and group dynamics. For more information, please see the attached document or e-mail [email protected].

NEW: The Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative Mini-Grant Program is a unique opportunity for campus leaders, including faculty, staff, and students, to address challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by building vaccine confidence in your community. The Mini-Grant Program aims to support institutions in need of resources to develop and implement effective vaccine confidence strategies. In partnership with the American College Health Association, NASPA is offering significant discount to its Certified Peer Educator Training Program (CPE) for selected mini-grant campuses which include the training in their grant applications. Click here to apply.

More: NASPA has just launched a brand new product - a self-paced Virtual CPE Training for yor students, facilitated by NASPA staff! Click HERE to read more! 


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 350,000 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. 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. 

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 Peer Educators
  2. Understanding Change as a Peer Educator
  3. Being an Effective Listener as a Peer Educator
  4. A Peer Educator’s Role as a Responder
  5. Bystander Intervention as a Peer Education Technique
  6. Intrapersonal Applications of Identity as a Peer Educator
  7. Programming Strategies for Peer Educators
  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 certification 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 website

How Can I bring CPE to My Campus? 

1. Become a CPE Facilitator Yourself: 

The CPE curriculum is available for campus staff 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 facilitate the CPE training, to certify students on their campus. 

2. Bring a National Trainer to Your Campus:

Peer Education groups 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.