Initial Safe Environment Training for Adults


In-person initial Safe Environment training sessions are suspended until further notice.  Individuals who need to attend the initial  Safe Environment training, except for volunteers with suspended credentials, will be given additional time to complete the training requirement.  The grace period will be determined upon the resolution of the health crisis. 


The Office of Safe Environment is offering online initial training sessions for those required or interested to attend.   Below is a list of training dates and times.  (The training schedule is updated regularly with additional dates and times.)  

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020:  9:00 am - 11:30 am (Registrations are due by 9:00 am on Thursday, July 16th.)

Pre-registration is required.  Sessions are limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Another requirement to participate in the online initial training session is you must have a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and microphone.  You may not use a cell phone to participate in the training session.

To register for an initial training session, click on the link below and fill out the form in its entirety and select which date and time you would like to attend. 

Registration Form

Registration for the initial training sessions will close four (4) business days before the training session to allow time to mail training packets to participants’ homes before the training session.  

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Office of Safe Environment at 315.470.1421 or


A requirement of the diocesan Child and Youth Protection policy is the completion of the initial face-to-face Safe Environment training session (2.5 hours) within sixty (60) days of assumption of duties, employment, or volunteering for those 18 years of age and older. 


Those required to attend the initial Safe Environment Training:

  • All clergy. 
  • All members of religious orders.
  • All parish and diocesan employees, including those who have no contact with children.
  • Adult volunteers whose ministry or role places them in regular contact with children, young people, or vulnerable adults.
  • Any adult interested in learning more about child abuse prevention.

To complete the credentialing process, participants must pass a criminal background check.  

Although not required, 16 and 17 year old employees and volunteers may attend training with parental permission.

Contact the Safe Environment office if you have already attended an initial Safe Environment training in another diocese.

For assistance with any questions,  assistance with your registration, or if you need to cancel your registration for any reason, contact the Safe Environment Office: 315-470-1421 or

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