PCB CPS Application | www.pacertboard.org | firstname.lastname@example.org | Revised January 2021
FELONIES & DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
While felonies and disciplinary actions from other certification/licensing entities may not prohibit certification,
documentation is required to be submitted at the time of application. Certification through PCB does not mean
a professional should not disclose this information to potential employers and does not in any way exonerate
REQUESTS TO CHANGE APPLICATION
Professionals who wish to have their application re-reviewed for another credential PCB offers prior to taking
the examination or after an unsuccessful attempt at the examination will incur a $50 application change/review
CERTIFICATION TIME PERIOD
Certification encompasses two calendar years beginning on the date the applicant passes the examination. The
certificate issued to the professional lists the following information: name of professional, credential name, date
of issue, date of expiration and certification number.
To maintain the high standards of professional practice and to assure continuing awareness of new knowledge
in the field, the Board requires recertification every two years. Professionals should review the Recertification
Application for credential specific requirements listed on the Board website well in advance of their expiration
TYPE OF EXAMINATION
The successful completion of the PCB CPS examination is required. There are two options for taking the
examination: an on-demand computer-based examination or a paper/pencil examination given regionally in
Pennsylvania on limited dates/locations. The examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. Once an
application is approved, candidates will receive an email from PCB with instructions for choosing the format to
take the examination.
One and one-half hours are permitted to complete the examination.
The examination is developed from the SAMHSA Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health.
PCB has summarized the SAMHSA Core Competencies into the following categories for the examination:
1. Recovery planning and collaboration which includes recovery planning goals, etc., WRAP, documentation,
wellness tools, relapse prevention/signs, daily maintenance plans.
2. Ethical responsibility and professionalism which includes boundaries, ethics, confidentiality, self-care,