Field Training Program

As a requirement for certification, auditor trainees (ATs) are required to complete a training audit as part of the Field Training Program (FTP). The goal of the FTP is to provide an opportunity to transfer the knowledge and skills attained during the classroom-based PREA auditor training to a field-auditing experience in a supervised and supportive environment. Specifically, the Field Training Program audit will strengthen PREA auditing skills, improve understanding of the PREA standards, increase experience with the PREA auditing process and methodology, and give an opportunity to learn and use the audit tools and other documents.

Auditor trainees are assigned a specific training audit and are expected to complete the full training program. Participation in the Field Training Program requires approximately 27 weeks to complete all phases of the audit, including: 4 hours during the pre-FTP phase, 40-45 hours during the pre-onsite audit phase, a minimum of 55 “working hours” during the onsite audit phase, and 40-45 hours during the post-onsite audit phase.

PRC staff will share details about lodging and travel to the host facility during the pre-onsite audit phase. Auditor trainees may be reimbursed a portion of their expenses for travel, lodging, and other approved expenses for the field training audit (reimbursable per federal per diem guidelines).

Learn more about how agencies and facilities can apply to host a Field Training Program audit.