To be considered for PREA Auditor Training, individuals must complete an online application, including submission of a current resume/curriculum vitae; two letters of reference; and copies of transcripts from an accredited school or a letter from an academic institution confirming the applicant's highest diploma, degree, or academic achievement. In addition to reference letters, PRC also accepts letters from agency or facility leadership. If your jurisdiction is developing circular audit arrangements with other jurisdictions or if your leadership supports your candidacy as part of the effort to build internal PREA auditing capacity, then you may upload a letter of support from your agency executive on agency letterhead as part of your application. Note that agency-supported applicants must meet the same qualifications as any other applicant in order to qualify for PREA auditor training and certification. Agency support does not replace any other qualification requirements.
In the event that there are more applicants for each training event than seats available, invitations will be issued to develop and enhance a broad and diverse pool of certified auditors with consideration given to factors such as: geographic location, auditor availability, professional qualifications, and which set of PREA standards/type of facility each applicant will be certified to audit.
Applicants that are not interested in pursuing certification are encouraged instead to apply for the Implementation and Audit Preparedness Training. Participation in this training affords PREA coordinators, compliance managers, and other individuals with similar functions the benefit of participating in a training that parallels the long-standing PREA Auditor Training without completing the additional requirements for certification, such as the exam, background check, field training, and continuing education requirements. For more information, please click here.
Selected applicants will be invited to attend a PREA audit certification training. Each training class is 40 hours, Monday through Friday, generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All travel, lodging, and meal costs associated with attending the PREA audit certification training are the responsibility of the applicant. There is no fee associated with attending or participating in the training course itself.
New Requirement for PREA Auditor Certification: Beginning with the July 2017 auditor training class, auditor candidates will be required to participate in a Field Training Program (FTP) training audit as a condition of certification. Auditors will be assigned a specific training audit based on geographical location and will be expected to complete the full training audit experience (approximately 17 weeks for the pre-audit, onsite, and post-audit phases). To assist with the costs of participating in this learning opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, through the PRC, will reimburse auditor travel expenses up to $1,500 for the onsite portion of the training audit. Such expenses may include ground transportation, airfare, lodging, and/or meal per diem in accordance with federal guidelines.
Please note that the addition of this new requirement significantly increases the time required to become a certified auditor.
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