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The National Advocate Credentialing Program® (NACP), developed through the cooperative effort of multiple national and state victim assistance organizations, was launched in 2003 as the first voluntary credentialing program available to crime victim advocates nationwide.

NACP is designed to promote a minimum of forty hours of pre-service training for advocates, recognizes the advocate’s years of experience, whether volunteer or paid, and requires continuing education for all advocates credentialed under the program.

Four levels of credentialing are offered – Provisional, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced-for all of which eligibility is based upon minimum requirements. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed and approved quarterly (deadlines: January 31, April 30, July 31, October 31).

In order to be eligible to apply for Provisional credential, you must have completed a NACP pre-approved forty-hour basic training program. Completion of one of these Pre-approved training programs is also acceptable to meet the “A” Series requirement for all other NACP credential levels (Basic, Intermediate or Advanced).  Please click here to see a list of NACP Pre-approved training programs. For more information Contact NACP.

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