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.


VSS is currently providing Core Academy Training virtually via ZOOM so that participants can attend remotely. Participants must attend all live sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion.


Core Academy Training is $300 per person, $275 for students.


The next CORE Academy Training will take place on March 6 - 10, 2023.


For more information, please contact Programs Administrator, 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.

"Thank you so much! I am so thankful for the training. I feel a whole new confidence in my position and what my role is after attending this training. I am so glad I signed up for it and that it was available."

"Core Academy Training was an amazing experience and I walked away with a strong foundation of the role of a victim's advocate and how to best support them. This training exceeded my expectations and was informative, engaging, and the video clips helped with some of the heaviness of the topics covered."

"I previously attended core in person and wasn't sure how engaging virtual would be. I found this training to be engaging and very educational. I enjoyed this core as much as the in person and always learn something new. Really wonderfully done."

"I appreciate the presenters and all the material presented. This was an amazing and informative learning experience, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to take this core training. Can't wait to put all this knowledge to use!"

"Great workshop - thank you so much. Many, many tools and takeaways and so much info. Thank you!"