“The exceptional training provided through this week-long intensive program is essential to NCVAN’s goal of ensuring that victims of violent crime in North Carolina receive reliable, consistent services. Facilitators, presenters and participants alike share a guiding commitment to provide victims thorough and thoughtful person-centered support.”
– Jane Allen Wilson, Director of Training
Q: What is the Victim Service Practitioner Academy?
A: 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). Curriculum continues to evolve through on-going student evaluation and guidance by the VSPCA Steering Committee.
Q: Why should I choose NCVAN’s VSPCA?
A: NCVAN considers the credentialing of professionals a serious undertaking requiring thoughtful and deliberate planning and development. NCVAN’s VSPCA participants are not just students; they are professionals who have worked in a victim service related profession for at least 6 months. To protect the integrity of the work, NCVAN conducts a criminal history check on all students. Training is conducted in a real-time classroom environment with a diverse group of allied professionals. Our students are: law enforcement – military – therapist – clergy – other victim advocates – to name a few. Our academy training goes beyond academics and gives students the opportunity to network with professionals with whom they may not routinely interact. In this way, the academy is a blended learning experience.
Q: Who are the members of the VSPCA Steering Committee?
Q: Who are your trainers?
Q: What is included in your curriculum?
Q: When is the next Certification Academy?
A: The next Academy is Spring 2018.
Q: What is the cost of registration?
A: Registration cost is $200.00 and must be received no later than two weeks before the academy. If the applicant’s verification of registration payment is not secured by the deadline, the applicant’s place in the academy will be cancelled and filled with the next applicant on the waiting list (unless payment arrangements have been made with the Director of Training).
This registration cost is non-refundable.
Q: What is the cost of recertification and how long does certification last?
A: The cost of recertification is $125.00. Additionally, certified practitioners must submit documentation of 20 hours of continuing education to the NC Victim Service Practitioner Oversight Committee every three (3) years to be re-certified.
In addition to certification provided by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), Criminal Investigation Certificate Program (CICP) credits are being offered for Law Enforcement through the NC Justice Academy.