Instructor Certification

Professionals from high schools, military installations, colleges, communities, faith-based agencies, and non-profits are all appropriate candidates for the Green Dot etc. instructor training.

Who can be a certified Green Dot etc. instructor?

Anyone involved in direct implementation of Green Dot etc. must be fully trained and certified. The minimum requirement for certification is a 4.5-day training that covers: the research foundation and conceptual model that informs the Green Dot etc. strategy, the Green Dot etc. persuasive speech, the Green Dot etc. Bystander Training, social marketing, and evaluation and action planning. It is recommended, though not required, that supplemental training/consultation days are built in over the course of the first year that cover strategic planning, community buy-in/capacity building, and persuasive speaking. Site-specific technical support is also available.

What does certification include?

Those who are certified receive 32-hours of training by the Green Dot etc. training team; comprehensive instructor’s manuals; training powerpoints and electronic versions of support materials including graphic design of social marketing materials, videos used during training and other necessary materials to launch Green Dot etc..

This is a train-the-instructor, not a train-the-trainer. Please note that this training does not certify participants to train other members of their organizations/agencies. Therefore, it is imperative that anyone who will be involved in direct implementation attend a full 4.5-day training.

What training opportunities exist?

There are two basic options for training:

  1. Individuals can attend a 4.5-day Green Dot etc. Institute, held two to three times a year. See information in the right column of this page for more information on the current Institutes.
  2. An organization, military installation, university, consortium, high school or coalition can bring a Green Dot etc. training to their community and we will conduct the 4.5-day training on-site. Contact for more information.

Green Dot Institute

ONSITE TRAINING AVAILABLE For information about scheduling on onsite training contact us at

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At Green Dot, etcetera,  our work goes beyond the Green Dot program itself. As leaders in violence prevention, we provide training, technical assistance, and program development for individuals, schools, and organizations both domestically and internationally as they work to foster safe communities. We are proud to be a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office o Violence Against Women Campus Program.  To learn more about that initiative, please visit our OVW Technical Assistance section.


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