How can I become a Peer Worker?

Each year, Region of Waterloo Public Health trains Community Nutrition Workers (CNWs) and Peer Health Workers (PHWs) in the skills and knowledge to run programs for others in their community. They are recruited and hired by the individual Peer Program sites.

Contact the Peer Program site organizations to see if they are looking to train a peer worker at their site.

If you answer "yes" to all the questions below, you might be suitable to be a Peer worker.

  • Do you like working with other people?
  • Would you like to facilitate groups?
  • Do you like to cook?
  • Do you feel comfortable working with people who may be different from you? (e.g., cultural and/or lifestyle)

Training usually occurs over 6-7 weeks in the fall and runs for a day each week. In order to complete the training and work as a peer worker, trainees must:

Attend all training sessions

  • Be active participants throughout the training
  • Successfully complete all weekly homework assignments
  • Facilitate a 30-minute practice session during the last three weeks of training
  • Seek help and ask questions when needed

An additional homework assignment requires trainees to job shadow an existing peer worker.

The training requires approximately 2-4 hours of work each week beyond the class time in order to complete homework and assignments.