Core Academy Training is integral to providing direct services to victims in the State of Washington. This forty-hour training qualifies participants to provide direct services to victims in Washington State. Victim Support Services (VSS) provides this essential training three times a year. Our Core Academy Training is not open to community members at large. If you are an employee or volunteer at an agency that intersects with victim services, you are eligible to attend. Additionally, if you are a current student pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, Social Services or another similar degree, you may be eligible to attend. Training covers a wide range of topics including crisis intervention, the criminal and civil legal systems, cultural competency and victims’ rights.


Due to COVID-19, it is not safe to hold in-person training or events. However, the need for trauma-informed and victim-centered advocates does not stop. Therefore, VSS is now providing a virtual Core Academy Training that participants can attend remotely. Participants must attend all live sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion.


Core Academy Training is $275 per person, $250 for students.

For more information, please contact Leslie McPherson at


All participants applying for Core Academy Training must read and review the Core Academy Expectations in its entirety.

Click here to download, read, and review the Core Academy Training Expectations.


Click Here to view the Core Academy Training Curricula.


You can find the application for Core Academy Training HERE!