NOVA Campus Advocacy Training Academy

What is the NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) Academy?

The NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) is a twenty (20) hour distance learning training designed to meet the growing need for specialized, skill-based training for campus victim advocates.  Offered through our National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC), the six-week NCAT academy provides participants with advanced training in preventing and responding to sexual assault, stalking and interpersonal violence in higher education.

Graduates of this unique academy will be eligible to apply for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)®’s new “Campus Advocacy Specialist” Credential, which recognizes campus advocates’ specialized training and professional experience.

Who should apply?

You must be a campus-based advocate or community-based advocate providing services on a college campus to apply.

Applicants are required to complete 40-hours of Introductory Advocacy Training prior to enrolling in the NCAT.  This prerequisite may be satisfied by attending any of the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® Pre-Approved Trainings, OR by completing a cumulative 40 hours of Introductory Advocacy Training in each of the core competency topics defined by NACP.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) offers free online trainings which will fill this requirement. 

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When is the training offered?

NOVA offered the first NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) Academy in Winter 2017 and we aim to have our second campus advocacy academy, in Winter 2018.

The Academy will be delivered using a blended-learning approach, which includes six consecutive weeks of live, virtual training and self-paced outside assignments designed to foster classroom discussions and interactive learning. To enhance participation, class size will be limited to forty.

How is it different?

The NCAT is a unique, high-quality training academy which allows students to directly interact with nationally-recognized Subject Matter Experts from the following agencies:

What is the cost?

The NOVA Campus Advocacy Training tuition is $350 per student. Group rates and members discounts are available.

How do I apply?

Thank you of your interest! Registration for NCAT 2018 is not yet open. For information on our next NCAT or to be placed on the waitlist, please email

Have a question or interested in receiving more information regarding the NCAT Academy? Email us at

NOVA is committed to promoting the professionalization of campus victim advocacy! Read our Opinion piece by Executive Director, Chief Justice Richard Barajas (Ret.) and Education Director, Claire Ponder Selib, published in USA Today: Every Campus Rape Victim Needs an Advocate. 

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