Safe Environment

Overview
At the Archdiocese of Omaha, we want the best for our children.  That's why all of our priests, deacons, and employees attend our Safe Environment training – a program designed to help them become even more aware and responsible leaders while fostering a secure, joy-filled atmosphere for our children.

Safe environment training is also required for all volunteers who have regular contact with children and young people in school, religious education, youth ministry, liturgical ministries, vacation bible school, athletics and scouts.  Certification received after initial training or renewal is good for five years.  Volunteer areas involving regular contact with children include:  After School Care – All employees and volunteers; Cafeteria Volunteers; Field Trip Chaperones; Field Day Volunteers; Health Office Volunteers; Kindergarten Round-up Volunteers; Media Center Volunteers; Room Parents; Junior Achievement Volunteers; SPREE Volunteers working with children; Academic/Extra Curricular Coaches.

First Time Training and Certification
First time training and certification requires attendance at a "live" session.  Trainers, individual parishes, deaneries, or schools may schedule training sessions that are open to the public. Sessions run approximately two-and-a-half hours and to receive your certification, you must attend the entire session.  Safe Environment Certification includes a background check and is valid for five years.

Click here for a schedule of coming live training sessions available in the metro area.  If you see a session that will work for you, register online for that session (online registration is required for all live training sessions).

In order to register online, you will need to log into your safe environment account; if you don't have an account, you will need to create one.  Click here to either log into an existing account or create a new account.

Once logged in, click on My Training in the left hand column; then select the Initial Live Training option.  Respond as needed to the prompts that will follow.  Those responses will include selecting and signing up for a live training session and completing the Archdiocesan Policies Acknowledgement and Background Check forms.  Once registered for a live session, be sure to remember to attend that session; the folks running the session will report your attendance at and completion of the session to the Archdiocese.  Your safe environment certification will then be processed, with final certification awarded within one to two weeks of training.

Contact Jennifer Veit (veitj@svdpomaha.org) for more information on registering for "live" sessions.

Recertification
If your certification is nearing expiration or your certification has lapsed less than a year, you can conveniently get recertified.  This online recertification program certifies you for another five years.  There is a one-year grace period from the expiration date during which you may be recertified using this shortened, video recertification process.  After the one-year grace period, you must start the certification training over from the beginning.

Click here to login for recertification purposes.  Once logged in you will need to go to your Dashboard and complete the "RECERTIFICATION ONLY - Safe Environment" curriculum.  Please note that the online curriculum will take an hour to an hour and a half to complete.

If you do not remember your login credentials, please do not create another account.  Instead, contact school technology coordinator Ray Bentzen (bentzenr@svdpomaha.org); he can assist you with identifying your username and updating your password.  Minimizing the number of accounts for any one individual will make tracking certification status easier going forward.

 

 

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