Before continuing, please ensure you are eligible for the Youth Peer Advocate Credential. You can find the qualifications outlined here.
Step 1: Complete Level One of the YPA Training
You will need to complete the Level One online component in order to apply for a Provisional Credential.
You can access and register for the Level One online training here.
Step 2: Apply for the YPA Provisional Credential
Once you have completed the Level One YPA training you can apply for the Provisional Credential. After approved, you must complete all other requirements of the Professional Credential within 18 months of employment as a YPA.
Step 3: Complete Level Two YPA Training Online
To begin pursuing the Professional Credential, complete Level Two of the online YPA training. You can request access and register for the Level Two trainings. – Coming soon!
Step 4: Complete Level Two In-Person YPA Training
Once you have completed the Level Two Online Training, you will need to complete the Level Two in-person training. You can access and register for the Level Two training’s here.
Step 5: Complete Consultation Calls
Once you have completed the Level Two in-person training, you will be provided information by your in-person training facilitator to participate in consultation calls. You will need to complete a minimum of 3 consultation calls to receive your certificate of completion.
Step 6: Apply for the YPA Professional Credential
Once you have completed steps 1-5 you can apply for the Professional Credential.
Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Credential Information for Advocates FAQ PDF
Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Professional Credential Application – Coming soon!
Maintaining your Credential with Continuing Education
In order for a professionally credentialed applicant to maintain their credential, you will need to renew your credential every two years.
Renewing your credential will include submitting a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education credits, updating your contact information and resigning the Code of Ethics.
Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Renewal Application PDF – Coming soon!
If you have questions please contact us at YPACredential@YOUTHPOWERNY.org.