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Core Competency Areas

NAPSA has defined 23 Core Competency areas, which are required to complete the NAPSA Certificate program. Download the NAPSA To APSWI Table of Core Competency Areas and see below for a list of these competencies and the APSWI training that meet these requirements. Each NAPSA competency requires the eLearning OR the instructor-led training with the exception of module #16 (Investigation First Steps) which require 2 eLearnings OR the instructor-led training.

For trainers wishing to use the NAPSA Core Curriculum please see this table for a list of all course descriptions and learning objectives.


1. Overview

APS Overview Instructor-Led Half-Day Training
APS Overview eLearning

2. Ethics, Values and Cultural Responsiveness in APS

Ethics, Values & Cultural Responsiveness In APS Instructor-Led Training
Ethics, Values & Cultural Responsiveness in APS eLearning

3. Regulations

California Regulations for APS eLearning

4. The Aging Process

The Aging Process eLearning

5. Physical and Development Disability

Effectively Working with People Who Have Disabilities eLearning 

6. Mental Health in APS

Mental Health In APS Instructor-Led Training Blended Version
Mental Health In APS Practice eLearning

7. Substance Abuse in Mature Adults

Substance Abuse And Mature Populations eLearning

8. Power and Control Dynamics

Power and Control Dynamics Instructor-Led Training
Dynamics Of Abusive Relationships eLearning

9. Communication and Interviewing

Professional Communication Instructor-Led Training
Interviewing Skills For APS Workers eLearning

10. Working with Clients Experiencing Self-Neglect

Working With Clients Experiencing Self-Neglect Instructor-Led Training
Working With Self-Neglecting Clients eLearning

11. Caregiver Neglect

Caregiver Neglect Instructor-Led Training
Caregiver Or Perpetrator Neglect eLearning

12. Financial Exploitation

Financial Exploitation Instructor-Led Training
Financial Exploitation: An Introduction eLearning

13. Physical Caregiver Abuse

Responding To Physical Elder Abuse And Neglect eLearning

14. Elder Sexual Abuse

Elder Sexual Abuse Instructor-Led Training
Elder Sexual Abuse eLearning

15. APS Case Documentation and Report Writing

APS Case Documentation And Report Writing Instructor-Led Training
APS Case Documentation And Report Writing eLearning

16. Investigation First Steps

Initial Investigation: Taking The First Steps Instructor-Led Training
Initial Investigation Part: 1 APS Intake Interview eLearning
Initial Investigation Part: 2 APS Worker Safety eLearning

17. Screening for Decision-Making Ability

Screening for Decision-Making Ability When Working with APS Clients Instructor-Led Training

Screening for Decision-Making Ability when Working with APS Clients eLearning

18. Risk Assessment

Investigation: Risk Assessment Instructor-Led Training
Risk Assessment In APS eLearning

19. Voluntary Case Planning

Voluntary Case Planning In APS Instructor-Led Training
Voluntary Case Planning in APS eLearning
Voluntary Case Planning In APS Blended Training w/eLearning

20. Involuntary Case Planning

Involuntary Case Planning Instructor-led Training
Involuntary Case Planning for APS Workers eLearning
Involuntary Case Planning – Blended Version

21. Collaboration in APS Work

Collaboration In APS Work Instructor-Led Training
Collaboration In APS Work eLearning

22. Working with Criminal Justice

Working with the Criminal Justice System Instructor-Led Training
Working with the Criminal Justice System eLearning

23. Case Closure

Case Closure Instructor-Led Half-Day Training
Case Closure eLearning

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