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Safe Church Training


Two levels of training are now offered - Specialized and Universal. Click here to find out which training you should take.

Please be advised that while safe church training can still be accomplished online, the number of modules needed to satisfy Universal and Specialized training requirements differ significantly. If you are required to take Specialized training we strongly recommend that you consider completing the training via the workshop format.

If your church would like to request to host a Specialized or Universal Training Workshop, click here.

Due to COVID restrictions on-site/in-person safe church workshops are limited. However, interactive Zoom based Universal and Specialized training sessions led by a facilitator are available. In addition, online training via Praesidium Academy modules continues to be available.


Specialized Training Workshops

This training is required for vestry members, clergy, church staff. Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.

Upcoming workshops (Space is limited so please register early!):

  • Via Zoom - Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 23, 2022, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. You must attend both sessions to receive certification. Click here to register.

Please note that Specialized training utilizes video segments to help understand difficult topics; these videos can be especially challenging for individuals who were themselves victimized. Therefore, before registering for this Zoom based training, please assess if a trusted support system is available should you experience a strong reaction to the content.

Universal Training Workshops

This training is suitable for Sunday school teachers and VBS volunteers (it does NOT meet requirements for vestry members, clergy or church staff). Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.

If a church or organization would like to schedule a Universal Training Workshop contact Susan Allen or Lynn Farlin at 757-423-8287.

Online training

Praesidium Academy online safe church training requires a valid, unique email address for each registrant in order to participate. To register for online safe church training, click here. After registering you will receive an email from donotreply@praesidiuminc.com within three business days with the subject line "You're Invited to Praesidium Academy." This email will contain instructions for completing the training. Be sure to add this email address to your safe senders list and/or check your spam and junk mail folders. You must be age 16 or older to take Safe Church training.

IMPORTANT! Completing Specialized training online will require completion of a significant number of modules to equate to the material covered in the workshop format. When you are registered for Praesidium Academy you are given access to ALL of the training modules therefore it is important that you carefully read the instructions which will highlight the modules that are required for all as well as those that are ministry setting specific. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Allen or Lynn Farlin at 757-423-8287.

Once you have your username and password click here to access Praesidium Academy online safe church training.

Not sure which online Safe Church modules you should complete? Click here.



Last Published: November 22, 2021 3:24 PM