Advocacy Training, Certification, & Standards

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We are designated to certify homicide and other violent crimes advocates and generalist advocates. Become a certified advocate by learning advocacy skills, tools for wellness, and more.


We offer the following training courses for advocates serving survivors:

Homicide & Other Violent Crime (HOVC) Specialist training


Next Training

April 19-30, 2021 (online)

10am-12pm M/T/Th/F

Registration deadline: Friday March 26th


Violent Crime Advocate training


Next Training

Spring 2021 dates TBA 

9am-12pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm M/T/Th/F

Please note: This training is all day from 9am-4:30pm, with breaks from 12-1:30 each day.

Registration deadline: TBA

Continuing education

Workshops, webinars, and other learning opportunities for advocates pursuing or renewing certification.


Certification process

To learn more about our certification process, download our Certification Manual.

To apply for or renew your HOVC certification, follow the links below:


Standards for Victim/Survivor-Serving Programs​


In collaboration with the Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD), ICCC is responsible for creating, updating, and assisting programs with compliance with the Program Administration & Direct Service Standards. These standards and best practices apply to CVAD-funded programs serving survivors of homicide and other violent crimes specifically, as well as those serving crime victims on a generalist basis. 

To learn more, download & view the Program Administration & Direct Services Standards.