Colorado Advocate Certification Program:
On April 19, 2006, the COVA Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion to establish a voluntary victim advocate certification program. The Board considered and adopted a proposal submitted by the COVA Committee on Credentialing, made up of representatives from both system and non-system agencies, which had been meeting for over a year to debate, discuss, and define the parameters and substance of the certification program. The Certification Program will provide the opportunity for many in the victim services field to gain voluntary certification status through COVA. It will encourage and recognize those that have achieved years of experience and training, while honoring the service and training of part-time and volunteer advocates. Please read through the following information and download the applications located at the bottom of this page.
The Program consists of three levels of certification -- basic, intermediate, and advanced. The requirements of each level are outlined in the CACP Certification Packet (link below). In addition, the CACP packet provides a list of required subject matters, the renewal process and fee information. There is also a link to obtain the CACP application packet. You are required to meet the requirements, complete the CACP application and also sign a Ethics for Victim Advocates form (form is located below in the resource area).
- CACP Information Packet
- CACP Application Packet
- Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Service Providers
COVA wishes to acknowledge the valuable contribution of each member of the Credentialing Committee who devoted so many hours to the design of the Certificate Program. All of us realize that the program will be embraced with enthusiasm by some and with opposition by others. Nonetheless, COVA believes that voluntary certification is an important and necessary step toward recognition and professionalism of the victim assistance field and will promote a higher standard of services to the crime victims in our state.