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.

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.

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.

Please visit www.TheNACP.org for more information.

NOVA also provides a NACP pre-approved, 40-hour live distance learning training, The NOVA Victim Assistance Academy, for those who would prefer the convenience of an online course.

(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 (SARC) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates (SAPR VAs) provide to victims of sexual assault. SARCs 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.

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 March 2015)
Renewal applicants: Download the DD Form 2950-1 (updated March 2015)

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)

Follow-up after submission: dssacp-followup@trynova.org

Please help us keep your address current by emailing address changes to: dsaacp-address@trynova.org.

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)
> New SARC

New SARC 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)
> 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 14-15 or other documentation of 32 hours of Victim Advocacy continuing education.
> Renewal SARC

Renewal SARC 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 14-15 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. A minimum of 2 hours must be victim advocacy ethics.

Please note, if you are renewing for the second time, you cannot repeat the same CEUs you completed for your prior renewal. If you take a training that has been updated, please be sure this is indicated in the documentation.

Please use page 14 of the DD Form 2950-1 or a DSAID printout whenever possible to document your CEUs.

Formal guidance for Continuing Education can be found on the SAPRO website or on this Fact Sheet released by SAPRO. Any training that relates to victim advocacy is acceptable for CEUs. Below are some resources to get you started.

General CEU Opportunities

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

End Violence Against Women Online Training Institute

Health and Disability Advocates offers training on Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

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).

The PA Coalition Against Rape & National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers a 1-hour on-line Ethical Practice.

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 and submit that as proof of attendance.

The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs offers a 1-hour online Ethics of Confidentiality training.

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.

National Crisis Responder Credentialing Program

The NOVA Crisis Responder Credentialing Program (NCRCP) is a voluntary, national credentialing body for Crisis Responders and providers of crisis response services. NCRCP is designed to promote standards of professionalism in Crisis Response. NCRCP encourages continuing skill development, education and experience for crisis responders trained through NOVA’s Crisis Response Team Training.

Applications are only accepted February 1-28 and August 1-31.

**Please check back in January for the application form.**