Parent CPCA® Training and Certification Program

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Parent CPCA Training & Certification Program Overview

NAPCA trains thousands of parents each year across the globe to become a Certified Parent College Advisor (Parent CPCA) through classroom and online training. In order to become a Parent CPCA, parents are required to complete a total of 140 hours of Parent CPCA training and certification, which consist of 100 hours of pre-service training and 40 hours of supervised fieldwork while enrolled in the Parent CPCA Training and Certification Program. In addition, Parent CPCAs are required to complete at least 20 hours of on-going training throughout the school year to ensure that they are providing quality college advising services to high school students and to reinforce a wide range of competencies learned from their Parent CPCA training/certification. On-going training will provide a space for Parent CPCA’s to come together as a peer group to discuss any challenges or needs that they are facing during their service as a CPCA.

Build Credibility Through CPCA Certification

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

Characteristics of a Parent 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 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.

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
It is our desire that no parent miss out on the Parent 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 parents with financial need until all funds have been exhausted.
Scholarship Application Deadline: 
No Deadline. We will provide scholarship awards to parents until all funds have been exhausted.

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

To enroll in the Parent CPCA Training & Certification Program, please complete and submit an enrollment application.

Aspiring Parent CPCAs

Admitted Parents

Within 2 weeks of submitting a complete enrollment application for admission to the Parent CPCA Training and Certification program, parents will receive an admissions decision letter via email. For those parents 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 parents that applied for a scholarship/financial assistance. If you have any questions, please email us at