Become a CPV

I remember thinking that living life with one leg was worse than not living life at all. I really, honestly did…[Then] a young boy with an artificial leg came into my hospital room for a visit. I don’t remember what he said. I don’t remember what he looked like. I was so transfixed on his prosthesis as he walked into my room. That’s all I needed to give me the personal strength to go on…
Ted Kennedy, Jr.

What is a Certified Peer Visitor (CPV)?

The Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitors are trained volunteers who provide information and support for individuals about to undergo an amputation or who currently have limb loss/difference.

There are three categories of peer visitors that we train:

  1. A person with limb loss or limb difference
  2. A family member of a person with limb loss or limb difference
  3. Military / VA : an individual with current or previous military or VA experience who is living with limb loss or limb difference

How can I become a CPV?

Becoming a CPV involves completing our e-learning/virtual classroom course. To follow volunteer standards set by most hospitals and non-profits, we also ask that you successfully complete a background check.

The trainings help you recognize the elements of recovery and how to respond with helpful interventions during different phases of emotional adjustment. Once certified, the new CPV will receive a certificate, name badge, business cards and start making peer visits when requested.

Our trainings have been on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are currently in the process of transitioning our normal in-person training to a virtual platform. There will be more information coming soon!

If you would like to become an Amputee Coalition Volunteer and attend a future training, please complete the CPV Training Application. We will notify you once the Certified Peer Visitor Training is available.