Through a cooperative agreement between BJA and Impact Justice

Auditor Field Training Program

The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) and the PREA Management Office (PMO) in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have identified a need to increase the experience of auditors actively conducting audits across the United States. In response, the PRC, in collaboration with the PMO, provides additional support and training for auditors beyond the classroom certification training through the Field Training Program (FTP). The FTP provides opportunities for DOJ-certified auditors to conduct training audits in teams in the field under the supervision and mentorship of seasoned certified auditors and faculty from the PRC, PMO, and DOJ.

The PRC is proud to offer two field training audits in the summer of 2019:

August 11–16, 2019: Rappahannock Regional Jail, Stafford, VA

September 15–20, 2019: Clark County Detention Center, Las Vegas, NV

To participate in one of these training audits at either adult facility, DOJ-certified PREA auditors may apply through an online application portal. Auditors certified in either facility type, adult or juvenile, are encouraged to apply. Please see below for more information on expectations of certified auditor trainees (CATs) and how to apply.

FTP Overview

Once selected, teams of eight CATs will participate in these training audits under the supervision and guidance of a Field Training Auditor (FTA) and FTP faculty. As part of the FTP, CATs will participate in a full 19-week training audit experience. CATs will engage in a rigorous pre-onsite audit schedule with various work assignments, including document review and group meetings. During the onsite audit week, pairs of CATs will work with assigned faculty and follow the PREA Auditor Handbook methodology as they interact with and interview facility staff and inmates and review documentation. Post-onsite weeks will require active participation in consensus building, triangulation of evidence for determination of findings, and the development of corrective action in a written gap analysis report provided to the training audit host facility.

Expectations of CATs

  • Complete online application.
  • Commit to an average of at least four to six hours each week for the pre-onsite audit (eight weeks) and the post-onsite audit phase (ten weeks).

    • Some weeks of each phase will be more time-intensive than others.

    • More hours may be needed for individual assistance depending on CAT’s familiarity with the audit methodology and triangulation of evidence.

  • Commit to no less than 55 hours of FTP work during the onsite audit.

  • Participate in the full training audit experience, which includes the following activities:

    • Group meeting attendance and discussion, and follow up communications with the FTA and faculty throughout the FTP;

    • Use of all audit instruments, including the Online Audit System;

    • Completion of individual and team pre-onsite audit assignments, including the review and analysis of the Pre-Audit Questionnaire and completion of the Auditor Compliance Tool. Based on previous experience, this significant portion of the pre-onsite audit will take approximately 24-32 hours;

    • Submission of assigned work according to deadlines and as requested by the FTA and FTP faculty; and

    • Participation in a six-day (Sunday through Friday) onsite training audit that includes consecutive 10-12 hour days:

      • A Sunday evening gathering with facility leadership;

      • In-brief and exit meeting with facility leadership;

      • Facility site review, document review, and staff/inmate interviews; and

      • Friday morning debrief with the FTP team that includes post-onsite assignment discussions, planning for consensus calls, report writing, and expectations on next steps.

  • Complete assigned sections of the gap analysis report for submission to the host facility, to include the introductory Audit Narrative section and standard-specific analysis and written narratives on four-to-six assigned standards. This includes the development and documentation of corrective action recommendations for the host facility. Based on previous experience, this significant portion of the post-onsite audit will take approximately 32-40 hours.

Financial Assistance

To assist with the costs of participating in this learning opportunity, the BJA, through the PRC, will reimburse CAT travel expenses up to $1,500 for the onsite portion of the training audit. Such expenses may include ground transportation, airfare, lodging, and meal per diem, in accordance with federal guidelines. Please keep in mind that, depending on which training audit you participate in and the travel costs associated with that location, $1,500 may or may not cover the full cost of the trip.


The CAT application closed at 11:59 P.M. EST on January 20, 2019.