Registration For The Spring 2023 NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy is Now Closed
Part One (virtual): March 21 - 23
Part Two (in-person in Raleigh, NC): March 27 - 31
Participants will attend both virtual and in-person sessions.
The NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy provides practitioners who work with victims of crime with an opportunity to receive 40+ hours of substantial training to bolster their knowledge and experience while also gaining prestigious state and nationally recognized certification to reflect their growing expertise.
NCVAN’s Academy is the official academy recognized in North Carolina, approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). The curriculum is also approved through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). The program continues to evolve in keeping with emerging best practices and research through ongoing guidance by a statewide committee of victim advocacy leaders and thorough, extensive participant feedback. After completing the pre-requisite NCVAN academy, graduates may seek provisional licensing and certification on the national level through NOVA/NACP.
Through NCVAN’s partnership with the North Carolina Justice Academy, law enforcement officers who complete the training and certification may receive continuing education credits. The training also counts towards fulfillment with requirements set forth by the Council for Women (for DV/SA programs and Child Advocacy Centers). (Please check for updates with the applicable entities.)
**Participants must complete each module to become certified as a Victim Service Practitioner.
Become certified as a North Carolina Victim Service Practitioner!
- Advocating for Homicide Co-Victims
- Child Abuse
- Childhood Trauma
- Domestic Violence
- Victims and Technology
- District Attorney’s Role in Serving Victims
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Stalking, Sexual Assault and Statewide Sexual Assault Kit Updates
- Restorative Justice
- State & Federal Crime Victim's Rights
- Serving Victims With Disabilities
- Criminal Justice Professionals/Law Enforcement Barriers
- Ethics in Serving Victims of Crime
- Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Military Settings
- History of the Victims Movement
- Serving Victims in Immigrant Communities
- Crisis Intervention, Victim Empathy
- Human Trafficking
- Serving Victims in the LGBTQ Community
- Victim's Compensation
- Utilizing NC-SAVAN
Engage in real-time conversations with facilitators and faculty who are some of the best in the field in North Carolina.
Past presenters and recent faculty:
Dr. Rumay Alexander
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Disability and Victim Advocate
Project Manager Intl. Association
of Chief of Police
Sabrina Garcia, M.A.
Retired Law Enforcement Specialist
Angelica Reza Wind
Our Voice, Asheville
Liddie Shropshire and Kim Banko
NC Department of Public Safety
US Attorney’s Office - Eastern District
Sexual Assault Victim Policy
Strategist NC Dept of Justice
Advocate & National Trainer
on Domestic Violence
Pitt County Sheriff’s Office
Sexual Assault Response
Coordinator - NC National Guard
NC Human Trafficking Commission
Jane Allen Wilson
NCVAN Director of Training
Domestic Violence Attorney
Scharff Law Firm
Assistant Professor in the
UNC School of Social Work
Licensed Professional Counselor/
Child Trauma Specialist
Victim Witness Coordinator -
US Attorney's Office
Medical University of South Carolina -
NCVAN’s Academy participants represent a diverse group of allied professionals. Our students are law enforcement officers, military personnel, therapists, court officials, clergy, victim advocates, to name a few. In this way, the academy is a blended learning experience. Networking brings valuable connections that benefit participants well beyond the completion of the certification.
Prerequisites For Acceptance
To become eligible for certification upon completion of the Academy, students are expected to have had at least 6 months of experience in a state-recognized program. Applicants who do not yet meet these requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the training itself until the prerequisite has been met. For this reason, applicants are sometimes encouraged to apply to a future upcoming Academy to ensure this requirement is met.
Not all community-based non-profit victim service agencies are state-recognized. To determine if a program is state-recognized in North Carolina, advocates from community-based, nonprofit victim advocacy programs can click below to consult the following program lists by county or region.
“The exceptional training provided through this week-long intensive program is essential to NCVAN’s goal of ensuring that victims of violent crime in North Carolina receive reliable, consistent services. Facilitators, presenters and participants alike share a guiding commitment to provide victims thorough and thoughtful person-centered support.”
– Jane Allen Wilson, Director of Training
Renewing Your Victim Service Practitioner Certification
If you are already certified as a victim service practitioner through NCVAN’s Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy, your certification remains current for three years and expires according to the date of issuance.
Remaining current is highly recommended. In addition to providing a strong foundation in effectively serving victims of crime, your certification is a means to demonstrate a standard of excellence to employers and other victim service providers, recognized anywhere in the state. Your certification is also a stepping-stone to national certification should you choose to pursue advanced recognition.
Fortunately, the steps to renewal are simple and easy, and we are more than happy to assist you.
While you are always welcome back to attend the NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy again for updates and networking, it is not necessary to repeat the Academy in order to renew your certification. Simply demonstrate that you completed a minimum of 20 hours of supplemental training in victim services by approved providers over the course of your 3-year certification period, and we can consider your application for recertification.
A number of trainings can be counted towards your recertification, including—but not limited to—any trainings and webinars that NCVAN provides, along with trainings and webinars provided by other statewide non-profit victim services organizations, such as the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Child Advocacy Centers of North Carolina, and others. We also recognize some special victims trainings by state government entities, and we will consider workshops from many state and national conferences. Many victim service practitioners seeking to reapply find that they already met the training requirements for renewal in the course of their work. If you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to us for clarification or assurance on what we can accept.
If your certification has already expired, but you met the 20 minimum hours of training requirement prior to your certification expiration date, you may still apply for recertification without repeating the entire Academy. The start date on the new certificate will simply be post-dated to match the original expiration date.
To begin your recertification application, you will need to have a form of payment ready for the $125 processing fee. You will also need to first prepare, scan, and upload the following documents with your application:
- A log of your continuing education training hours (Download Blank Log HERE)
- Copies of certificates from your direct victim service trainings*
- A copy of your soon-to-expire (or recently expired) certification*
*If you are unable to locate your training certificates or your most recent certification/recertification certificate, we may be able to work with you. Please contact us.
To upload training materials and to complete the application to recertify, click the button below.
Submitting an application does not constitute recertification. In the application process, we will first review your training hours. Then we conduct a new criminal background check for each application received, which requires a social security number and birth date. Such highly sensitive personal information is encrypted and protected through CVENT and through the background check portal.
Once approved, you will be notified, and your new certification will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to the mailing address provided in your application, usually within two weeks. If, for some reason, we are unable to approve your application, we will contact you to discuss it in case there is an opportunity to resolve the matter. Until final approval or denial, your application status remains pending.
We look forward to continuing to recognize you as an official North Carolina Certified Victim Service Practitioner!
Recertification Academy Application
A: NCVAN’s Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy (the Academy) provides practitioners who work with victims of crime with an opportunity to receive 40 hours of substantial training to bolster their knowledge and experience, while also gaining prestigious state and nationally-recognized certification to reflect their growing expertise.
NCVAN’s Academy is the official academy recognized in North Carolina, approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). The curriculum is also approved through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). The program continues to evolve in keeping with emerging best practices and research through ongoing guidance by the Academy Steering Committee and thorough, extensive participant feedback.
Upon completion of the pre-requisite NCVAN Academy, NOVA may consider NCVAN Academy graduates for provisional licensing on the national level.
Law enforcement officers who complete the training and certification may receive continuing education credits through NCVAN’s partnership with the North Carolina Justice Academy.
A: NCVAN sees that credentialing of professionals is a serious undertaking, requiring thoughtful and deliberate planning and development. The training faculty includes a number of well-known and seasoned experts steeped in North Carolina law and practices who bring direct and deeply-relevant experience from the field. Training is conducted in a real-time classroom environment, providing opportunity for full engagement with the facilitators.
NCVAN’s Academy participants themselves are more than students; they are professionals who have worked in a victim service-related profession for at least six months. Representing a diverse group of allied professionals, our students are: law enforcement – military – therapists – court officials – clergy – other victim advocates – to name a few. In this way, the academy is a blended learning experience. Networking brings valuable connections that benefit participants well beyond the completion of the certification program.
To assure professionalism, NCVAN conducts a criminal history check on all students, which also protects the integrity of the work and upholds the significance of the certification awarded.
A: The NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy is open to professionals who have been working directly with victims of crime at a recognized program for at least six months or more. Participants typically come from law enforcement, district attorney offices, the military, state-recognized domestic and sexual violence programs, and other agencies and organizations which provide direct support to victims of crime. The training serves professionals who seek a thoughtful and thorough understanding of the experience of victims of crime and how better to serve them.
The pre-requisite of having six months of prior experience serves to provide each participant with a framework to lend relevance to the highly-specialized training and to assure participants have a common baseline for reference in networking and in group discussions.
Exceptions are sometimes made. If a potential participant does not meet the six-month or current work prerequisite, we may consider other variables, including but not limited to, becoming employed with a state or other agency in a position that will primarily directly serve victims of crime, or having a prior work history that makes participation relevant. To be considered for an exception, the potential participant should email a request to the director of training upon applying to the Academy, and include relevant information such as a description of the person’s new role or employment and/or a resume which lists past work experience and references.
A: Click on CURRENT MEMBERS to see the NCVAN Training and Advisory Committee members.
A: Below is a sample of the presentation topics that are typically covered during the week.
History of the Victims Movement
Building Relationships for Community Advocacy
Working with Immigrant Victims of Crime
Theory of Crisis Intervention/Victim Empathy
Advocacy for Victims of Homicide
Victims and Technology-Cyberbullying
District Attorney’s Role in Serving Victims
Federal Victims’ Rights
Serving Victims With Disabilities
Criminal Justice Professionals: The Barriers We Face
Working with Victims in a Military Setting
Serving Victims in the LGBTQ Community
A: Please email the training team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: The cost of certification is $200.00 per participant. Payment should be received no later than two weeks before the academy. Placement in the academy is not guaranteed until payment is made. Without the payment by the deadline, the applicant’s place in the academy may be canceled, and the participant may be placed on the waiting list. If special payment arrangements are needed, please contact us for more information.
A: The cost of recertification is $125.00. Additionally, certified practitioners must submit documentation of 20 hours of continuing education to the NC Victim Service Practitioner Oversight Committee every three years to be re-certified.
A: Certified practitioners must submit documentation of 20 hours of continuing education to the NC Victim Service Practitioner Oversight Committee every three years to be re-certified.
A: Yes. We are pleased to announce the NCVAN Memorial Scholarship program. Two scholarships will be awarded to two deserving victim advocates working in a recognized nonprofit victim service organization in North Carolina. Each scholarship will help defray costs associated with attending the next upcoming NCVAN Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy.
The Memorial Scholarship covers the cost of certification along with one night of lodging for recipients who may require overnight accommodations.
Note: While there is just one application for the scholarship, two will be awarded. Each NCVAN Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in memory of four much-loved North Carolinians whose lives ended because of homicide.
To learn more about The Jenna and Ethen Nielsen Memorial Scholarship & The Stephen and Michael Hoyle Memorial Scholarship and the application process, see our SCHOLARSHIP page.
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