Training and Certification

NCVAN’s Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy (VSPCA) is the recognized state victim assistance academy for NC.  The VSPCA is also approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). Upon completion of the VSPCA, students are eligible for Provisional Credentialing with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). The curriculum continues to evolve through on-going student evaluation and guidance by the VSPCA Steering Committee.

In addition to providing core and essential training on victim advocacy and response through the Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy, NCVAN recognizes the importance of providing ongoing and advanced training to practitioners actively engaged in the work. Through the advisement of a statewide steering committee of some of the state’s most knowledgeable professionals in the field of victim services, NCVAN offers specialized trainings on select topics of interest around the state. In doing so, the NCVAN Advanced Academy provides practitioners a means to remain engaged and challenged in the work, and to renew understanding of emerging practices as we enhance our support of victims of crime. Training hours granted through the Advanced Academy will also apply to credit hours needed for recertification/renewal of NOVA certification granted upon successful completion of the Victim Service Practitioner Certification.