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CVST Approved Trainings

Approved Trainings

  • Victim Service Providers (VSPs), as defined by §16-3-1420, must complete an approved 15-hour basic core training within one year of their date of employment in order to become a certified Victim Service Provider.
  • Certified VSPs are required to complete 12 hours of approved continuing education each calendar year to maintain certification and remain in compliance.

The following trainings have been approved by CVST for VSP credit. It is the VSP’s responsibility to register for approved trainings. VSPs must sign designated sign-out sheets with assigned VSP number in order to receive credit. Please click on the appropriate links for registration information and course details.


Please verify training status with training sponsors as many trainings have been canceled and/or rescheduled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

The list of trainings below were approved in advance by CVST, however, we cannot verify if these trainings have been canceled or not.

Basic Core Training for Victim Service Providers

  • Sponsor:  South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)
  • Location:  Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, 2711 Middleburg Dr. Suite 115, Columbia, SC  29204
  • CVST-Course # 0848
  • Approved Credit Hours: 15
  • Cost: See the Fee schedule below.
    • SCCADVASA Member Organization: Free
    • SCCADVASA Affiliate Member: $75.00
    • SCCADVASA Individual Member: $75.00
    • General Public: $100.00
  • Program Description: SCCADVASA’s Basic Training for Victim Service Providers provides an intensive, interactive learning experience where new victim service providers gain the foundational knowledge and professional skills they need to use a strengths-based approach to provide direct services to Victims of Crime, while also advocating for the rights of survivors, educating to bring about awareness and prevention, and collaborating with allies across the state.
  • Core Courses:  Basic VSPs will be able to complete all 15 hours of their core requirement by completing this training. *You must attend the entire training to receive any VSP Continuing Education Credits. The Basic Training Course is a 15-hour course – 11.5 hours online and 3.5 hours in-person.
    • Online portion:  must be completed prior to attending the in-person portion of this training.  Check the links below for each training’s online opening dates & information.
    • In-Person portion: In-person is temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19, please refer to SCCADVASA’s website for further information. https://www.sccadvasa.org/basic-training-for-victim-service-providers/
  • Contact: Tricia Phaup at 803.256.2900 or Registration@sccadvasa.org
  • For additional information, fees & registration instructions please click the following link: http://www.sccadvasa.org/basic-training-for-victim-service-providers/

* Important Reminder: Participants are not permitted to attend the in-person portion of the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers without first completing the online portion and filling out the evaluation at the end. See above for more information.


ONGOING: Understanding Human Trafficking

**This course is NOT eligible for Basic Core VSP certification hours, but can count toward annual continuing education hours**

**Upon completion of this course, you must submit a Non-Accredited Certification Request along with your training certificate of completion in order to receive credit.*

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  • Date and Time: Ongoing
  • Approved Credit Hours: 5 hours VSP Specialized Training
  • Location: Online
  • Sponsor: OVC TTAC Training & Technical Assistance Center
  • Program Description:  The Understanding Human Trafficking training is a series of five interactive online modules that offer foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking. The modules are designed so that a wide audience can benefit. This Training is unique in equipping participants to think critically about human trafficking using reliable resources, both locally and from across the United States.

For more information & registration Visit OVC TTAC’s website at the link below (Be sure to click on the FAQ tab for instructions & information): https://www.ovcttac.gov/UnderstandingHumanTrafficking/index.cfm

******************Important Note******************
In order to receive VSP credit for this training a Non-Accredited Certification Request (NACR) must be submitted through CVST’s website with all 5 module certificates attached within 30 days of
completion of the training.

Still need help?
Contact us with questions or if you experience technical difficulties:
Email: TTAC@ovcttac.org
Phone: 1–866–682–8822


ONGOING: Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training – Supporting Victims’ Financial and Emotional Recovery

**This course is NOT eligible for Basic Core VSP certification hours, but can count toward annual continuing education hours**

**Upon completion of this course, you must submit a Non-Accredited Certification Request along with your training certificate of completion in order to receive credit.**

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  • Date and Time: Ongoing
  • Approved Credit Hours: 3 – 4 hours VSP Specialized Training
  • Location: Online
  • Sponsor: OVC TTAC Training & Technical Assistance Center
  • Program Description: This online training provides advocates and other allied professionals with the tools they will need to better understand the rights and needs of this underserved category of victims and to help assist victims of identity theft in their financial and emotional recovery. It includes:
    • A wealth of information about the various types of identity theft, laws that support victims’ rights, as well as referral agency and resource information to better serve victims of identity theft.
    • Engaging case studies to provide victim advocates with opportunities to interact with victims of identity theft through the path of recovery.

Visit OVC TTAC’s Website at the link below to access the Identity Theft Online Training (Be sure to click on the FAQ tab for instructions & information): https://www.ovcttac.gov/IdentityTheft 

Still need help?
Contact OVC TTAC with questions or if you experience technical difficulties:
Email: TTAC@ovcttac.org
Phone: 1–866–682–8822


ONGOING: Polyvictimization in Later Life

**This course is NOT eligible for Basic Core VSP certification hours, but can count toward annual continuing education hours**

**Upon completion of this course, you must submit a Non-Accredited Certification Request along with your training certificate of completion in order to receive credit.** 

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  • Date and Time: Ongoing
  • Approved Credit Hours: 6 hours VSP Specialized Training
  • Location: Online
  • Sponsor: OVC TTAC Training & Technical Assistance Center
  • Program Description: Polyvictimization in Later Life is a 6-hour web-based training presented in five modules. The purpose of the training is to strengthen awareness of polyvictimization in later life and to provide knowledge and skills of professionals to address the needs of victims. The training addresses the context of polyvictimization; victims and perpetrators of polyvictimization; best practices to work with older adults affected by polyvictimization using trauma-informed, ethical, and culturally appropriate practices; and the latest research and best practices to serve this population.
    • Module 1: The Context of Polyvictimization
      1. Introduction, Justification of Abuse, and Definition
      2. Theoretical Constructs and Explanatory Frameworks
      3. Relation to Polyvictimization of Other Age Groups
    • Module 2: Older Adults Affected by Polyvictimization
      1. Research and Practice Findings
      2. The Contexts of Late Life polyvictimization
      3. Impact on Victims
    • Module 3: Perpetrators of Late Life Polyvictimization
      1. Characteristics of Perpetrators of Late Life Polyvictimization
      2. Relationship between Perpetrators of Polyvictimization and Older Victims
      3. Consequences for Perpetrators of Late Life Polyvictimization
    • Module 4: Working With Older Adults Affected by Polyvictimization
      1. Trauma-Informed Response to Late Life Polyvictimization
      2. Delivering Culturally Appropriate Services
      3. Ethical Issues Affecting Practice and Service Delivery
    • Module 5: Lessons Learned from the Polyvictimization in Later Life Project
      1. Summary of the Findings and Their Implications from the Polyvictimization in Later Life Project
      2. Moving Forward: Recommendations for Advancing Late Life Polyvictimization Practice, Policy, and Research

Visit OVC TTAC’s Web site at the link below to access the Identity Theft Online Training (Be sure to click on the FAQ tab for instructions & information): https://www.ovcttac.gov/views/TrainingMaterials/dspOnline_polyvictimization.cfm 

Still need help?
Contact OVC TTAC with questions or if you experience technical difficulties:
Email: TTAC@ovcttac.org
Phone: 1–866–682–8822


ONGOING: Online Training Series: OVC TTAC VAT Online Training Requirements for CVST Credit

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ONGOING: Victims’ Rights and Mandated Services: An Online Notifier/Support Staff Training

*This online training is approved for Notifiers/Support Staff* 

  • Date and Time: Ongoing
  • Approved Credit Hours: 2.0
  • Location: Online Course
  • CVST-Course # 0756
  • Act 141 Approved Training %: 100
  • Sponsor: Office of the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman

This is a FREE online training for Notifiers/Support Staff. For more information, or to register, please email cvst@scag.gov with the following information:

IMPORTANT: CVST will receive a list of everyone who successfully completes this training in order for participants to obtain credit. Once your request to complete this online Notifier/Support Staff training is received, you will be sent an invitation to access the website. You have two weeks from receipt of the invitation to complete the training or your invitation will expire. You must correctly answer questions throughout the training in order to receive credit.

Training Overview
This webinar will provide the 2 hours of mandated biennial training for Notifiers/Support Staff.