Benefits of Credentialing

Credentialing offers many benefits to those in the victim assistance field.  They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Enhanced recognition, credibility and mobility in the victim assistance field
  • Promotion and acknowledgement of a standardized minimum of forty (40) hours of pre-service training and encouragement of thirty-two (32) hours of continuing education every two years;
  • Initiation and definition by the field, rather than by outside professional groups;
  • Professional identification with a group whose common ground is victim services and whose members abide by a Professional Code of Ethics for Victim Service Professionals
  • Credentials are renewable every two years and may be upgraded.
  • Credentialed advocates may request an indication of a “Specialty” on their credential (Comprehensive, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Homicide, Campus Advocacy or Program Management) supported by documented specialty training.
  • Credentialed advocates receive a certificate suitable for framing and a portable wallet card.
  • Credentialed advocates may use the designation “CA” after their names.