To be considered for PREA Auditor Training, individuals must complete an online application, and submit a current resume/curriculum vitae; two references; 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 references, an applicant can submit a letter of support from agency or facility leadership. Applicants whose jurisdiction have or are developing circular auditing arrangements with other jurisdictions or whose leadership supports his or her candidacy as part of an effort to build internal PREA auditing capacity, may upload a letter of support from his or her agency executive on agency letterhead detailing this arrangement as part of the 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, DOJ will select applicants with the goal of developing and enhancing a broad and diverse pool of certified auditors with consideration given to factors such as: geographic location, intent to audit, professional qualifications, and which set of PREA standards/type of facility each applicant will be certified to audit.
PREA Auditor Training includes completion of 20 hours of remote advance work, a classroom training, and a subsequent Field Training Program (FTP) training audit. Each classroom 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.
Auditor candidates are also required to participate in a Field Training Program (FTP) training audit as a condition of certification. Auditor candidates will be assigned a training audit and will be required to complete the full training audit experience (several hours per week for approximately 20 weeks, including 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 if you would like to be considered for this training and have submitted an application for another training in the past, you must submit a new application to be considered at this time. Revised applications that were submitted for a previous auditor training will not be reviewed.
Access the July 2020 PREA Auditor Training application here. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2019. You can access a copy of the full application to preview questions here.