Core Advocacy Training (CAT)
This online, self-paced Core Adocacy Training course is split across 80 modules and is meant to take a minimum of 40 hours to complete. This course is NOT currently approved for Continuining Education Unites (CEUs), but we are working on getting accreditation soon! 

Don't forget to register
It's important to "register" first even though the content can be accessed without it. That way, we can issue your certificate afterwards! The button to register is located at the top of page, in the navigation bar. If you've already registered and logged in, you'll instead see a profile circle with your name in the top right.

Pace yourself
We recommend that you take about one to two months to go through the entirety of this course. If you want to spread content out over periods longer than this, or you want to try to cramming it in faster, you're welcome to do so. Just note that doing so will lead to a higher likelihood of burnout and not completing the course.

Some self-pacing schedules:

If you study...         You'll finish the course in...         And will work best if you...        
20 hours/week 2 weeks have a lot of time on your hands and can stay focused for long hours
10 hours/week 1 month are good at setting a schedule and sticking to it
5 hours/week 2 months want the most flexibility between working on weekdays/weekends
2 hours/week 5 months can give only a few hours every week, but don't mind long-term commitments

Remember, this course is a "work in progress"
Thanks for helping out with these initial "trial" versions of this course. The feedback form can be found here; please plan to fill it out every ten modules or so. This course is very new, so feel free to reach out to the instructor at any time with your suggestions, complaints, or feedback. We won't be offended!

Working towards a full 40-hour certificate? Don't mix-and-match
You are welcome to take both the livestream and self-paced Core Advocacy Trainings (CATs), since the two formats currently feature different topics and presenters. You are also welcome to take modules in this self-paced course on a topic-by-topic basis. HOWEVER, if you are working towards a earn a 40-hour certificate, please do NOT use this self-paced course to "make up" missed live sessions or plan to "mix-and-match" the live and self-paced courses. Please treat the self-paced and livestream 40-hour certificates as separate. If you are taking the livestream course and need to make up missed sessions, please follow the designated "makeup" instructions provided in your Participant Guide.

No longer interested, but still need a certificate?
Check out UDVC's upcoming live 40-hour trainings at


Thalia R. Pope
Thalia R. Pope
Training & Education Coordinator