California Mental Health Services Authority

Exam Administration

The Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification exam is administered by CalMHSA with third party proctoring by Pearson VUE. The certification exam is available through on-line live proctoring and in-person at statewide test centers in California. Candidates who meet requirements towards certification and have been approved by CalMHSA may schedule their certification exam.

On the day of testing: 

  • All candidates are required to provide a valid, government-issued photo ID. The photo ID must match the first and last name of the candidate’s letter of approval. Candidates will not be permitted to take the exam without proper identification. Please note: The exam proctor will need to see the original government issued identification at the time of the exam. Neither a digital nor photocopy of the identification will be accepted as a form of identification for testing. 

  • All candidates must read and select ‘YES’ to the testing rules, security statement and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to begin the exam. If the candidate does not agree, they will not be permitted to proceed with taking the test and will forfeit the test fee. If “DECLINE” is selected, the test session will immediately end.

Candidates testing in-person at local test centers are encouraged to follow guidelines to ensure a good testing experience. We encourage you to watch this short video to learn about the in-person check-in process and test experience, so you’re prepared on the day of the exam.

Candidates testing online are highly encouraged to use their personal computer, as work computers often have firewalls or other security challenges that may hinder the examination experience. Candidates are strongly encouraged to perform a computer system test prior to the examination day on the computer they plan to use for the examination. Candidates taking the exam online are highly encouraged to review the Online Exam Instruction Guide in its entirety to be aware of all testing policies and procedures.