Renewing Your Victim Services Practitioner Certification
If you are already certified as a victim services practitioner through NCVAN’s Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy, your certification remains current for three years and expires according to the date of issuance.
Remaining current is highly recommended. In addition to providing a strong foundation in effectively serving victims of crime, your certification is a means to demonstrate a standard of excellence to employers and other victim service providers, recognized anywhere in the state. Your certification is also a stepping-stone to national certification should you choose to pursue advanced recognition.
Fortunately, the steps to renewal are simple and easy, and we are more than happy to assist you.
While you are always welcome back to attend the NCVAN Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy again for updates and networking, it is not necessary to repeat the Academy in order to renew your certification. Simply demonstrate that you completed a minimum of 20 hours of supplemental training in victim services by approved providers over the course of your 3-year certification period, and we can consider your application for recertification.
A number of trainings can be counted towards your recertification, including—but not limited to—any trainings and webinars that NCVAN provides, along with trainings and webinars provided by other statewide non-profit victim services organizations, such as the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Child Advocacy Centers of North Carolina, and others. We also recognize some special victims trainings by state government entities, and we will consider workshops from many state and national conferences. Many victim services practitioners seeking to reapply find that they already met the training requirements for renewal in the course of their work. If you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to us for clarification or assurance on what we can accept.
If your certification has already expired, but you met the 20 minimum hours of training requirement prior to your certification expiration date, you may still apply for recertification without repeating the entire Academy. The start date on the new certificate will simply be post-dated to match the original expiration date.
To begin your recertification application, you will need to have a form of payment ready for the $125 processing fee. You will also need to first prepare, scan, and upload the following documents with your application:
- A log of your continuing education training hours (Download Blank Log Here.)
- Copies of certificates from your direct victim services trainings*
- A copy of your soon-to-expire (or recently expired) certification*
*If you are unable to locate your training certificates or your most recent certification/recertification certificate, we may be able to work with you. Contact us: email@example.com or 919-831-2857 X 106.
Note that submitting an application does not constitute recertification. In the application process, we will first review your training hours. Then we conduct a new criminal background check for each application received, which requires a social security number and birthdate. Such highly sensitive personal information is encrypted and protected through CVENT and through the background check portal.
Once approved, you will be notified, and your new certification will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to the mailing address provided in your application, usually within two weeks. If for some reason we are unable to approve your application, we will contact you to discuss it, in case there is an opportunity to resolve the matter. Until final approval or denial, your application status remains pending.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact:
Dianna T. Benson
NCVAN Training and Resource Coordinator
919-831-2857 X 106
We look forward to continuing to recognize you as an official North Carolina Certified Victim Services Practitioner!