Virtual Learning Community

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It is being preserved for historical purposes. 

For the latest information on the Academy of Peer Services (APS) Virtual Learning Community, visit:

Welcome to our Virtual Learning Community!

We are a project of the Academy of Peer Services and offer a clearinghouse for the peer support workforce in New York State (and beyond) to connect, communicate, and collaborate!

Explore our site!

Click links in the header or the sidebar of this site to learn more.
For the online courses go to the main:
Academy of Peer Services homepage

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The Academy of Peer Services is a joint venture of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) and Rutgers University School of Health Professions (SHP) with funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).


The Virtual Learning Community is intended to bridge the gap between the online courses in the Academy of Peer Services and what is happening in the real world of peer supports and services in the multitude of settings where peers are practicing their support skills. We welcome anyone whether you are just exploring peer support as a career or have been offering peer support for most of your life. This site is also for employers (we post job openings and have access to qualified peers to fill those positions) and supervisors who are seeking to learn more about how to best provide supervision to this evolving workforce.

Explore our site!

We are updating the information on this site daily. Links in the heading take you to current Job openings, News, Research, Resources, and more. Links in the side scroll give you access to support, learning opportunities, and more. We print a regular news update (depending on what’s new) and have around 600 subscribers. To see back issues of our news, click News in the heading. To join the Virtual Learning Community free email list, click here.

Academy of Peer Services Calendar


Term 1 Opens 1/6/20 — 4/20/20  (extended three weeks!)

Term 2 Opens: 4/27/20  and Closes 7/20/20

Term 3 Opens: 8/17/20  and Closes 11/23/20

New York State Peer Specialist Certification Board

The Academy of Peer Services is separate from, but works in collaboration with, the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board to ensure quality education, training, and professional development of the peer support workforce in New York State.


To learn more about peer specialist certification (funded through the Office of Mental Health) in New York State, click here

To learn about different peer certifications in New York State, click here