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National Core Competencies Review and Revisions Project

In 2012, the National Federation of Families launched the national certification examination for Parent/Family Peer Support Providers (PSP). As the field of peer support matured, it was incumbent upon us to revise the examination questions and protocol to incorporate what we have learned and to reflect the evolution of the field. Our goal was to review and update, where necessary, the National Certified Parent Support Provider (CPSP) competencies and, ultimately, the national certification exam. 

Please find important reference and competency revision project materials in the gallery below. The call for final public comments closed in December 2019. To learn more about the revision project and its results, we encourage you to review the information below.

Core Documents
Reference and Background Materials
Final Recommendations for Public Comment

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Call for Final Public Comment

A panel of experts met in June to review all project materials and to make final recommendations about revisions to the core competencies for national CPSPs. Final public comments about the National Core Competencies Revision Project were accepted through December of 2019. 

Revision Project Results and Updates

The National Core Competencies Revision Project resulted in two important changes to national certification of the family peer workforce.


  • The first was more broadly defined core competencies which offer increased flexibility for alignment with state-level certification requirements and workforce job descriptions.

  • The second was an updated national title, Certified Family Peer Specialist (CFPS), which replaced the previous title of Certified Parent Support Provider. These changes were made in January of 2020 to reflect the evolution of the family peer support field and highlight its value and importance for parents and families and partners across all child-serving systems.

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