CPCA® Training & Certification Program

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CPCA Training & Certification Program Overview

NAPCA trains thousands of high school and college student leaders each year across the nation to become a Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA) through classroom and online training. In order to become a CPCA, students are required to attend the one week intensive CPCA Training & Certification Program, where aspiring CPCAs will complete a total of 40 hours of CPCA classroom training and 22 hours of supervised peer college advising fieldwork. During the supervised peer college advising fieldwork, high school and college student leaders will practice the fundamentals of peer college advising. Specifically, aspiring CPCAs will have the opportunity to demonstrate their peer college advising knowledge and skills under close supervision in a realistic setting. Additionally, aspiring CPCAs will visit a variety of public and private regionally accredited four-year colleges/universities as well as two-year trade and technological schools and community colleges. 

CPCA On-Going Training

NAPCA provides on-going training for CPCAs to reinforce a wide range of competencies learned from their CPCA training program. The on-going training consists of monthly webinars and NAPCA’s annual CPCA Regional Conference where CPCAs will have the opportunity to meet with other CPCAs in their region or local community to discuss on-going challenges, share best practices, and work together on professional development.

CPCA Re-Certification 

CPCAs are required to complete 8 hours of CPCA re-certification per year. CPCAs can fulfill this requirement through their chapters via monthly 1-hour webinars. In addition, CPCAs can fulfill the CPCA re-certification requirement by attending the annual CPCA Regional Conference.

To learn more about the CPCA Training & Certification Program, download the CPCA Training & Certification Program Overview.

Build Credibility Through CPCA Certification

The Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA®) designation is a mark of distinction demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and commitment to the field of peer college advising. CPCA® certification is recognized as the highest standard in peer college advising. Having CPCA® certification enables you to stand out and communicates your expertise and credibility to the public. The CPCA® certification provides the public with the assurance that student leaders with the CPCA designation are committed to maintaining the highest quality of peer college advising service to students.

Nearly 9 in 10 students say they would feel more confident working with a peer college advisor who completed extensive training to hold the designation as a Certified Peer College Advisor. The creation of the National Association of Peer College Advisors was the first global effort designed to increase the recognition of and establish standards for peer college advising by high school and college student leaders across the globe.

CPCA Re-Certification

CPCAs are required to complete 8 hours of CPCA re-certification per year. CPCAs can fulfill this requirement through their chapters via monthly 1-hour webinars provided by NAPCA. In addition, CPCAs can fulfill the CPCA re-certification requirement by attending the annual CPCA Regional Conference where CPCAs will have the opportunity to meet with other CPCAs in their region or local community to discuss on-going challenges, share best practices, and work together on professional development.

CPCA Recruitment & Application Process

Recruitment typically takes place during late winter and early spring of the academic year. Prospective CPCAs should be prepared to submit the CPCA Training and Certification Program Online Application along with the documents needed to apply. NAPCA recruits committed and highly influential high school and college student leaders across the globe from all backgrounds to serve as a NAPCA Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA) for a minimum commitment of one school year but we encourage at least a two year commitment. However, there are many students who commit to a longer term. For instance, many high school student leaders serve as a CPCA at the beginning of 10th grade and continue their service until they graduate from high school. Additionally, many of our CPCAs look forward to continuing their commitment during their college years where they serve local high schools surrounding their college/university campus.

 

Our approach to selecting CPCAs is based on our commitment to student success. CPCAs are charged with very high-stakes work: helping their peers achieve the academic success that will expand their life opportunities. NAPCA recruits on high school and college campuses across the globe. Our recruitment teams identify top prospects and cultivate them individually to apply to become a CPCA and/or to start a NAPCA Chapter, while also raising campus awareness about NAPCA.

 

Our recruitment efforts start with the following question: What are the characteristics that define our most successful CPCAs, and how can we identify those student leaders? Through four years of research, and with the support of many people in the broader academic community, we have developed a recruitment/selection model based on qualities that we have found to be the most distinguishing characteristics of an effective CPCA.

Characteristics of a CPCA:

  • Leadership and achievement in academic, extracurricular, or volunteer settings.
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges – demonstrated resiliency to break through barriers.
  • Strong critical thinking skills: making accurate linkages between cause and effect and generating relevant solutions to problems.
  • The ability to influence and motivate others.
  • Organizational ability: planning well, meeting deadlines, and working efficiently.
  • Respect for students and families in their school and community – commitment to serve all students regardless of their race and socioeconomic status, gender or religious affiliation.
  • An understanding of NAPCA’s mission and vision and the desire to work relentlessly in pursuit of it.

 

Student leaders across the U.S. who fit this profile come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We deeply value each individual who commits to our mission and believe we need to enlist our nation’s student leaders in this important work.

 

We have learned that the best way to recruit the most talented student leaders is to meet with prospective CPCAs one-on-one. We maintain a force of part-time recruiters (many of our team members are CPCAs and NAPCA alumni – high school and college student leaders). Our part time recruitment team meets with student leaders across the country, striving to convince them to join NAPCA in the effort to build a college going and college completion student movement in thousands of high schools across the globe.

Training Program Dates

Training is usually held at the CPCA National Training Facility in Los Angeles, a local high school campus, and/or local college or university campus. The training dates for Summer 2017 are as follows:

Session 1:

  • June 14, 2017 – July 1, 2017

Session 2:

  • July 5, 2017 – July 22, 2017

Session 3:

  • July 24, 2017 – August 10, 2017

Program Cost

The CPCA Training and Certification program is offered in different locations across the globe. Therefore, the cost of the CPCA Training program varies by location. To determine the cost of the program in your region, please see your school counselor, NAPCA campus representative, or connect with our Live Chat support team using our Live Chat Form. If our Live Chat support team is unavailable, please visit http://studentleaders.napcaonline.org/contact-us to send us a message using our Online Contact Form.

CPCA Training Program Scholarship Fund

The NAPCA Foundation’s CPCA Training Program Scholarship fund makes the CPCA training program more affordable for student leaders across the globe with a financial need. The scholarship fund helps cover the cost of tuition by providing a full or partial tuition scholarship to student leaders with financial need. Student leaders that receive a full or partial tuition scholarship are responsible for covering the cost of student fees.

To determine the cost of your student fees, please see your school counselor, NAPCA campus representative, or connect with our Live Chat support team using our Live Chat Form. If our Live Chat support team is unavailable, please visit http://studentleaders.napcaonline.org/contact-us to send us a message using our Online Contact Form.

Student Fees

  • Course Materials & Supplies Fee
  • College Tours Fee
  • CPCA Certification Fee
  • CPCA Examination Fee
  • CPCA Commencement Fee

 

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Aspiring CPCAs will have an opportunity to enjoy many fun activities and events while attending the CPCA Training and Certification Program. Click the button below to see a list of fun activities and events.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

It is our desire that no student miss out on the CPCA Training and Certification program experience because of financial circumstances. Scholarships are made possible every year through the generous donations of individuals and charitable organizations. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a scholarship for everyone who applies. We will provide scholarship funds to students with financial need until all funds have been exhausted.

CPCA Training Program Scholarship Fund

Partial Tuition Scholarship

The NAPCA Foundation’s CPCA Training Program Scholarship fund makes the CPCA training program more affordable for student leaders across the globe with a financial need. The scholarship fund helps cover the cost of tuition by providing a partial tuition scholarship to student leaders with an annual family income of less than $150,000 a year.

To be considered for a partial tuition scholarship, student leaders will need to visit http://studentleaders.napcaonline.org/cpca-training-program-scholarship-application/ to apply for a scholarship. Student leaders that receive the partial tuition scholarship are responsible for covering the remaining cost of tuition and the cost of student fees.

To determine the cost of your student fees, please see your school counselor, NAPCA campus representative, or connect with our Live Chat support team using our Live Chat Form. If our Live Chat support team is unavailable, please visit http://studentleaders.napcaonline.org/contact-us to send us a message using our Online Contact Form.

Student Fees

  • Course Materials & Supplies Fee
  • College Tours Fee
  • CPCA Certification Fee
  • CPCA Examination Fee
  • CPCA Commencement Fee

Note: Within 2 weeks of submitting a complete CPCA Training Program Scholarship application, student leaders will be notified of their scholarship award via email.


Full Tuition Scholarship

The NAPCA Foundation’s CPCA Training Program Scholarship fund makes the CPCA training program more affordable for student leaders across the globe with a financial need. The scholarship fund helps cover the cost of tuition by providing a full tuition scholarship to student leaders with an annual family income of less than $80,000 a year.

To be considered for a full tuition scholarship, student leaders will need to visit http://studentleaders.napcaonline.org/cpca-training-program-scholarship-application/ to apply for a full tuition scholarship. However, student leaders that receive the full tuition scholarship are responsible for covering the cost of student fees.

To determine the cost of your student fees, please see your school counselor, NAPCA campus representative, or connect with our Live Chat support team using our Live Chat FormIf our Live Chat support team is unavailable, please visit http://studentleaders.napcaonline.org/contact-us to send us a message using our Online Contact Form.

Student Fees

  • Course Materials & Supplies Fee
  • College Tours Fee
  • CPCA Certification Fee
  • CPCA Examination Fee
  • CPCA Commencement Fee

Note: Within 2 weeks of submitting a complete CPCA Training Program Scholarship application, student leaders will be notified of their scholarship award via email. 


Scholarship Application & Deadline

No Deadline. We will provide scholarship awards to students until all funds have been exhausted.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete and submit the online CPCA Training Program Scholarship Application.


Support Our CPCA Training Program Scholarship Fund

Sponsor one or more aspiring Certified Peer College Advisors (CPCAs) – high school and college student leaders – who make significant public service contributions to their schools and communities. We encourage you to give at least $5, $10, $25, or more to help cover the cost of tuition for aspiring CPCAs with a high financial need. The NAPCA Foundation’s CPCA Training Program Scholarship fund helps make the CPCA training program more affordable for student leaders with an annual family income of less than $80,000 a year.

Your support will provide a scholarship award to help CPCAs with financial need attend the CPCA Training Program. In return for your donation, each aspiring CPCA will perform at least 200 hours of community service helping their peers navigate the path to college.

All gifts are tax-deductible. If you have questions or would like to discuss giving options, please contact us.

NAPCA Office of Charitable Donations

Email: give@napcaonline.org

Phone: 310-361-8585

High School CPCA Application Checklist

*Download guidebook for more information

  • Meet GPA Requirement of at least a 2.7 GPA or Higher
  • Meet Personal Commitment Requirement*
  • Complete and Upload Admissions Essay*
  • Complete Student & Parent Admissions Interview*
  • Upload Unofficial Transcripts
  • Submit Two Online CPCA Recommendation Forms*

College CPCA Application Checklist

*Download guidebook for more information

  • Meet GPA Requirement of at least a 2.7 GPA or Higher
  • Meet Personal Commitment Requirement*
  • Complete and Upload Admissions Essay*
  • Complete Student Admissions Interview*
  • Upload Unofficial Transcripts
  • Submit Two Online CPCA Recommendation Forms*

To apply for admission to the CPCA Training & Certification Program, please complete and submit an online application for admission.

Aspiring High School CPCAs

Aspiring College CPCAs

Admitted Students

Within 2 weeks of submitting a complete online application for admission to the CPCA Training and Certification program, students will receive an admissions decision letter via email. For those students that receive an offer of admission letter, they will be provided with the next steps to secure their enrollment and prepare for their arrival to the NAPCA CPCA Training and Certification Program. In addition, the offer of admission letter will provide the total amount of scholarship funds awarded to help reduce the cost to attend the program for those students that applied for a scholarship/financial assistance. If you have any questions, please email us at admissions@napcaonline.org.

CPCA Training Program Curriculum

During the 3 week CPCA training program, CPCAs will visit and learn about the college admissions and financial aid processes at a variety of public and private regionally accredited four-year colleges/universities as well as two year trade and technological schools and community colleges. CPCAs will gain a broad understanding of the many postsecondary opportunities and career pathways that are available to students. CPCAs will also complete training exercises in educational psychology and learn how to effectively advise their peers and assist school counselors and college counselors. Furthermore, CPCAs will become familiar with web-based college and career focused programs such as College Board, Naviance, Educational Planner, FAFSA, and NCAA Clearinghouse.

The CPCA Training Program includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Successfully Navigating the College Admissions and Financial Aid Process
  • Peer College Advising Process
  • Developing a Personal Strategic Plan (education & career plan)
  • Securing Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Ethical Standards for Peer College Advisors
  • Advising Culturally Diverse Students
  • How to Develop a Strong College-Going Culture
  • How to Help Guide Peers Through the College and Career Planning Process
  • Academic Planning for College Readiness
  • How to Develop & Implement a School-Wide College Enrollment Action Plan
CPCAs will become better prepared and a more competitive applicant for admission to their best-fit and top choice college.