​Certification


The renewal process has had one slight change as well, with the removal of the

3 hours of Victim Rights training.  All other training requirements will stay the same.


  • The Level I Multiple Choice Exam is being replaced with an interview process;
  • the Level II Exam is being replaced with a written essay on what changes are needed in Victim Services;
  • Level III Presentation will remain the same.


​Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP). Certification for Victim Assistance Professionals is available in three levels coinciding with years of experience and training. You are eligible to become certified within two years of entering the victim assistance field if you have completed a 40 hour basic training academy such as RVAAM, NVAA, or other SVAA. Each level has specific requirements and testing, as well as a minimal fee for processing. Once certified you will be required to complete continuing education training as well as certification renewal every three years.


There are three levels of certification in Maryland, each require a specific set of qualifications and are described in detail below:

LEVEL I (VASI)
a)
complete application packet; b) minimum of two years’ experience (paid or unpaid); c) 40 hours of training (RVAAM, NVAA, or other SVAA) and 3 hours of Ethics in Victim Services Training; d) interview; e) $50 application processing fee.


LEVEL II (VASII)
a)
complete application packet; b) minimum of five years’ experience (paid or unpaid); c) 80 hours of training (40 hours RVAAM, NVAA, SVAA and 40 hours advanced training and/or University level coursework in victim services) and 3 hours of Ethics in Victim Services Training; d) written essay on what changes are needed in Victim Services; e) $75 application processing fee. 


LEVEL III (VASIII)
a)
complete application packet; b) minimum eleven years’ experience (paid or unpaid); c) 120 hours of training (40 hours RVAAM, NVAA, SVAA and 80 hours advanced training and/or University level coursework in victim services) and 3 hours of Ethics in Victim Services Training; d) oral presentation on approved topic in Victim Assistance; e) $100 application processing fee.

ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Academy Director, Faculty

dstanley@ubalt.edu

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer
Associate Director, Faculty

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu

Elaine Witman
Community Liason

ewitman@ubalt.edu

Dave Thomas
Faculty

t​homas@theiacp.org

Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org


Linda Garnett
Logistics Coordinator

lgarnett@ubalt.edu​​

Phone

410.837.6084

Next Academy: June 5-9, 2017