SARC/VA Career Course:
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and Victim Advocate (VA) Career Course is for individuals who are filling fulltime SARC and VA positions. The SARC and VA have the responsibility of providing SHARP services to their commands in accordance with National Defense Authorization Act 2012, Department of Defense (DOD) and Army guidance. The SHARP Career course is a seven week course, designed to meet DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office’s core competencies and prepare individuals to effectively respond to sexual harassment complaints and victims of sexual assault.
All students are to meet selection criteria stated in the SHARP ALARACT 147-2013, and in accordance with AR 600-20, Chapter 8-5, paragraph O (11) and Chapter 8-6, paragraph I. Individuals attending this training must (1) have a favorable criminal background check and National Sex Offender Registry check; (2) meet rank requirements – SARC/SHARP Specialists: must be an NCO (SFC or higher), Officer (MAJ/CW3 or higher), or Civilian (GS-11 or higher). The VA/SHARP Specialists must be a NCO (SSG or higher), Officer (1LT/CW2 or higher), or Civilian (GS-09 or higher) and (3) individuals must be appointed on orders: SARC appointed by general officer; VA appointed by O-6 or higher.
NOTE:Requests for exception to grade-level requirements for individual students must be processed through ACOMs, DRUs and ASCC [e.g., FORSCOM, TRADOC, AMC, IMCOM, MEDCOM, etc.] to HQDA SHARP Program Office for approval at least two weeks prior to the start of class in order to attend. ACOM/ASCC/DRUs may submit a blanket request for exception to grade-level requirements.
To become a certified SARC or VA Specialist, candidates must complete the SHARP Career Course, which has been approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program® (NACP), a program of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).
SHARP Trainer Course:
The SHARP Trainer course is a 5 week course that will prepare Government Civilians to serve as SHARP trainers. SHARP trainers will serve as instructors for the SHARP Foundation course (80-hour certification) for units. The SHARP trainers will also assist the commands with executing their SHARP annual unit refresher training and present SHARP senior leader briefs (SLB) as required/needed. The SHARP Trainer course requires completion of the SHARP Career Course prior to attendance.
SHARP Foundation Course
The SHARP Foundation Course (80-hour certification) provides instruction for military and civilian collateral duty SARC and VA at the battalion level and below.
Program Manager Course
Two week long class to train and develop all Program Managers, to effectively manage a Division or Brigade level SHARP Program at all echelons to include, Training, Response, Prevention, Personnel, and also the other responsibilities like managing the Budget for the program. The PM's will leave this course with some additional tools to aid them in doing their daily duties.
Contact your Senior Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) if you are interested in knowing more about the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Foundation course.