Core Academy Training is integral to providing direct services to victims in the State of Washington. This forty-hour comprehensive training qualifies participants to provide direct services to victims in Washington State. Victim Support Services (VSS) provides this essential training two 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.


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VSS now provides Core Academy Training virtually via ZOOM so that participants can attend remotely. Participants must attend all sessions live with their video on in order to receive a certificate of completion.


Our next training is scheduled for March 4-8, 2024.

The Early Bird Registration Rate is $400, the Standard Rate of $450 is effective January 1, 2024.




All participants applying for Core Academy Training must adhere to the Core Academy Expectations in order to successfully complete training and receive a Certificate of Completion. Please only apply if you are able to meet these expectations.


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Successful graduates of Core Academy Training will be eligible (at minimum) for The National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) Provisional Credential and possibly for the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Credential based upon their experience in the field. Please refer to this NACP link for additional information.


For more information on Core Academy Training, please email Leslie McPherson at