Credentialing

NOVA launched the first voluntary credentialing program available to Crime Victim Advocates nationwide in 2003 and has continued to develop and refine programs customized to level and designation.

Credentialing

NOVA launched the first voluntary credentialing program available to crime victims nationwide in 2003 and has continued to develop and refine programs customized to level and designation.

NACP (National Advocate Credentialing Program)

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.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE NACP WEBSITE IS TEMPORARILY DOWN, AS IS THE EMAIL: CREDENTIAL@THENACP.ORG. Please email nacp@trynova.org with any questions. Until the website is back up and running, you can access information about credentialing in the content below.


ABOUT

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: April 1- April 30; October 1- October 31).

The NACP is voluntary and open to any individual who provides (or plans to provide) services to those victimized by crime, whether as paid or volunteer staff, and whether or not they have a formal education or degree. The program is inclusive rather than exclusive and voluntary rather than mandatory.

Credentialing offers many benefits to those in the victim assistance field.  They include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Enhanced recognition, credibility and mobility in the victim assistance field
– Promotion and acknowledgement of a standardized minimum of forty (40) hours of pre-service training and encouragement of thirty-two (32) hours of continuing education every two years;
– Initiation and definition by the field, rather than by outside professional groups;
– Professional identification with a group whose common ground is victim services and whose members abide by a Professional Code of Ethics for Victim Service Professionals
– Credentials are renewable every two years and may be upgraded.

– Credentialed advocates may request an indication of a “Specialty” on their credential (Comprehensive, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Homicide or Program Management) supported by documented specialty training.
– Credentialed advocates receive a certificate suitable for framing and a portable wallet card.
– Credentialed advocates may use the designation “CA” after their names.


First-Time Applicant?

As a first-time applicant, you must choose a credentialing level and complete the full NACP application for that level.

There are 4 levels of NACP: Provisional, Basic, Intermediate, Advance. The levels are based on experience and training

Provisional Advocate Credential Application: No experience in the field required, but you must complete a pre-approved Introductory Training course.
Download the application.

Basic Advocate Credentialing Application: A minimum of 3900 hours (2 years) experience.
Download the application.

Intermediate Advocate Credentialing Application: A minimum of 7800 hours (4 years) experience.
Download the application.

Advanced Advocate Credentialing Application: A minimum of 15,600 hours (8 years) experience.
Download the application.


Already Credentialed?

Renew your credentialing by stay at your current level or upgrading to a higher level. All credentials must be renewed every 2 years.

Renewal (at Current Level) Credentialing Application
It is required to document a minimum of 32 hours of continuing education from every 2 years.
Download the renewal application for maintaining your current credentialing level.

Renewal with Upgrade Advocate Credentialing Application
If promoting to the next level, documentation of additional work/volunteer experience is required.  The maximum credit that will be given for “on-call” hours will be no more than 1,950 hours per twelve (12) month period.
 – Download Renewal with Upgrade: Provisional to Basic Application
 – Download Renewal with Upgrade: Basic to Intermediate Application
– Download Renewal with Upgrade: Intermediate to Advanced Application


Bridging from D-SAACP to NACP

This application is for DoD personnel who hold a Current D-SAACP certification or for those whose D-SAACP certifications in good standing and have expired within the past 3 months.

Please Note: If you have not held a D-SAACP Certification in the past 3 months, please use the regular NACP application form. This Bridge application is used by those moving from military to civilian advocacy or those who want to add an NACP credential to their credentials. The Bridge will take you from your Current D-SAACP level to the equivalent NACP level.
Download the D-SAACP to NACP Bridge Application


Credentialing Application Fees

Provisional Credential: $70 (Military Discount*: $55)

Basic Credential: $140 (Military Discount*: $110)

Intermediate Credential: $140 (Military Discount*: $110)

Advanced Credential: $140 (Military Discount*: $110)

Renewal (Maintain current level): $100 (Military Discount*: $80)

Renewal (and Upgrade): $140 (Military Discount*: $110)

D-SAACP to NACP Bridge: $40

*Military Application Fee Discount: Applies to all military victim advocates and civilian advocates providing advocacy services at or for any military installation.


Continuing Education

Please refer to the NACP application forms for the continuing education requirements for your specific level and designations. Examples of available training and topics are provided, however, you are not limited to this list. Please seek all training that is victim-assistance related from other sources, as well.

Download the Continuing Education form here.

(D-SAACP) Department Of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program

The DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) recognizes the critical support Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Managers (PMs), and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates (SAPR VAs) provide to victims of sexual assault. SARCs, PMs, and SAPR VAs certified through D-SAACP will join a growing field of certified civilian victim advocates who are trained and committed to upholding the highest standards of victim care and privacy.

COVID-19 Update:
NOVA and DoD SAPRO are in constant communication and discussing the impacts of COVID-19 and ensuring that we do all we can to maintain military readiness with certified advocates.

Please note that due to the pandemic, there will be no ad hoc boards scheduled at this time, or due to any applicant missing deadlines for the regularly scheduled quarterly review boards.

8/1/2020 Status Update: DoD SAPRO authorized workarounds to use OVC’s VAT training for new applicants and allowed renewing applicants to complete all CEUs online as we initially navigated the COVID-19 challenges until training capabilities resumed. The workaround waiver was in place for the May and August 2020 D-SAACP Review Boards. 7/31/2020, the deadline for the August 2020 Review Board, was the last day the workaround waivers were available.

Please note for the 8 hour in-person requirement as part of the 32 CEUs, those “in-person” training requirements may be met by attending live webinars (not recordings).

How Do I Apply for a D-SAACP Certification?


Download the DD Forms:

Visit the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office website: www.sapr.mil
New applicants: Download the DD Form 2950 (updated Jan 2020 version is now available. The March 2015 version is no longer accepted.)
Renewal applicants: Download the DD Form 2950-1 (updated Jan 2020 version is now available. The March 2015 version is no longer accepted.)
Please note, that these forms are secure documents and the content will not be displayed in the preview until it has been downloaded onto your computer and opened.

Submit:

via email: dsaacp@trynova.org
via fax: 703-535-5500
via mail: 510 King Street, Ste 424, Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone assistance: 703-535-6621
Monday-Friday, 0900-1700 Eastern Time (GMT -5)

Any questions, or corrections to the application after receiving an incomplete notice, should be sent to: dsaacp-followup@trynova.org

Please help us keep your official military mailing address and/or military email address current by emailing changes to: dsaacp-followup@trynova.org.

Additional instructions on the D-SAACP application process and FAQs can be found here.

Please expand for submission details:

> New SAPR VA

New SAPR VA applicants must submit:

  • Page 3: Applicant Information
  • Page 5: Signed Code of Ethics
  • Page 10: Statement of Understanding signed by your supervisor and commander
  • Page 11: SARC recommendation letter
  • Page 12: Supervisor recommendation letter (at least E7, CW02, 03, GS9 or higher)
  • Initial Victim Advocacy training certificate (within the past 2 years until 30 April 2020. After 1 May 2020, all initial training certificates must be within the last year)
> New SARC/PM

New SARC/PM applicants must submit:

  • Page 3: Applicant Information
  • Page 5: Signed Code of Ethics
  • Page 12: Supervisor recommendation letter (at least E7, CW02, 03, GS9 or higher)
  • Page 13: Commanding Officer/Senior supervisor recommendation letter (O6, GS15 or higher)
  • Initial Victim Advocacy training certificate (within the past 2 years until 30 April 2020. After 1 May 2020, all initial training certificates must be within the last year)
> Renewal SAPR VA

Renewal SAPR VA applicants must submit:

  • Page 3: Applicant Information
  • Page 5: Signed Code of Ethics
  • Page 10: Statement of Understanding signed by your supervisor and commander
  • Page 11: SARC recommendation letter
  • Page 12: Supervisor recommendation letter (at least E7, CW2, 03, GS9, or higher. Cannot be your SARC)
  • Pages 14, DSAID printout, or other documentation of 32 hours of victim advocacy continuing education
> Renewal SARC/PM

Renewal SARC/PM applicants must submit:

  • Page 3: Applicant Information
  • Page 5: Signed Code of Ethics
  • Page 12: Supervisor recommendation letter (at least E7, CW02, 03, GS9 or higher)
  • Page 13: Commanding Officer/Senior supervisor recommendation letter (O6, GS15 or higher)
  • Pages 14, DSAID printout, or other documentation of 32 hours of victim advocacy continuing education

Submit your application in time for the quarterly deadlines:

Original Approval Date Submit Renewal Application Between:
February November 1 – January 31
May February 1 – April 30
August May 1 – July 31
November August 1 – October 31

You will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your application within one week of your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email in that timeframe, please contact us. For an application timeline flowchart, please click here.

How Do I Correct My Incomplete Application?

Please reply to the incomplete notice received by sending the updated/corrected documents to dsaacp-followup@trynova.org.

What Should I Do If My Certification Has Expired?

If you miss 1-3 deadlines, submit your Renewal application, DD Form 2950-1, along with your documentation of 32 CEU’s.

If you miss 4 or more deadlines, submit your Renewal application, DD Form 2950-1, AND the initial SAPR training taken within the past year.

How Can I Provide Feedback to DoD SAPRO?

If you have comments, compliments, or complaints about the services on your installation/base or provided by a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), victim advocate or other military staff or personnel, please use this feedback form. You can submit the form anonymously if you prefer. Information you provide on this form will be forwarded to the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) and they will follow up with you if you wish.

Continuing Education Resources


32 hours of continuing education (CEUs) are required for renewal. Out of the required 32 CEUs, the Safe Helpline 101 training and a minimum of 2 hours of victim advocacy ethics must be documented (professional ethics do not meet the victim advocacy ethics requirement).

If you are a renewing applicant, you cannot repeat the same CEUs you completed for your prior renewal(s). If you take a training that has been updated, please be sure this is indicated in the documentation.

To document your CEUs, please submit a signed page 14 of the DD Form 2950-1 or a signed DSAID printout whenever possible. Any training that is over 8 hours requires an agenda to be submitted with the application (ensure your name is written on the agenda so the documentation can be correctly assigned to your packet).

Formal guidance for Continuing Education can be found on the SAPRO website or on this Fact Sheet released by SAPRO. Training courses are not limited to sexual assault advocacy – advocates should seek training in emerging issues and victim-focused, trauma-informed care. It is up to you and your SARC/PM to determine the most appropriate training related to your particular environment and there is no “pre-approved” list of trainings provided by D-SAACP that you have to take to ensure that you have access to any relevant victim advocacy training available to you. Any training that relates to victim advocacy is acceptable for CEUs for renewing your D-SAACP certificate. Below are some online resources to get you started.

General CEU Opportunities

The Battered Women’s Justice Project offers technical assistance and referrals. They also offer conferences and webinars related to victim advocacy.

End Violence Against Women Online Training Institute (Please note EVAWI’s course titled Laboratory Analysis of Biological Evidence and the Role of DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations will count towards a maximum of 12 CEUs as it is a periphery topic.)

The National Center on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has a listing of upcoming training around the country, including webinars.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has listings of training and webinars.

The NOVA Victim Assistance Academy

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center

Office for Victims of Crime offers an online advanced victim advocacy training course, open only to DSAACP certified personnel, please contact OVC for access at amsaat@ovcttac.org or 866-682-8822.

Contact your state sexual assault coalition. They may offer online training or may be able to connect you to local resources. To find your state coalition, refer to RAINN’s website.

Connect with local crisis centers or hospitals –they may offer training or be able to come speak at your installation.

Ethics CEUs

The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center offers a 1-hour on-line Confidentiality and a .75-hour Ethics training module that counts towards the ethics requirement (as part of their VAT Online Core Competency & Skills catalog). Please note the Ethics training module is only .75 CEUs, it cannot be rounded up.

The PA Coalition Against Rape & National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers a 1-hour on-line Ethical Practice. Please take a screen shot of the congratulations page, write your name on it and the date you completed the training, and submit that as proof of completion. You may also document completion of the course by listing it on page 14 or DSAID and having your SARC/Supervisor sign off on that document. We do not require you to pay the $20 to obtain the certificate of completion.

Texas Victim Assistance Training Online offers a 1-hour on-line ethics training. Certificates are not produced right away, so please take a screen shot of the congratulations page, write your name on it and the date you completed the training, and submit that as proof of completion. You may also document completion of the course by listing it on page 14 or DSAID and having your SARC/Supervisor sign off on that document.

The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs offers a 1-hour online Ethics of Confidentiality training. Please take a screen shot of the congratulations page, write your name on it and the date you completed the training, and submit that as proof of completion. You may also document completion of the course by listing it on page 14 or DSAID and having your SARC/Supervisor sign off on that document.

Facilitator Information: Office of Victims of Crime Ethics in Victim Services is a trainer’s toolkit and is only acceptable if it is presented as an in person training. It is not acceptable to review the materials on your own and generate your own certificate.

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