Safe Environment Training

Completion of the Safe Environment / VIRTUS program is required by the Archdiocese of Seattle for all volunteers. You will have to complete:

  • Background check completed every three years
  • Abuse prevention training completed every three years
  • Policies read and signed at the beginning of service

Please keep in mind: Training must be completed BEFORE you volunteer

What is VIRTUS?
VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “right doing” within organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with minors and vulnerable adults.

What does the program entail?

VIRTUS includes online training as well as tracking for Safe Environment compliance.  It provides a convenient way for participants to register, read and sign Volunteer Safe Environment policies online, fill out information for a criminal background check, and register for a Safe Environment class. You can learn more about the VIRTUS Programs here.

How do I register for a class?

For a class list and to register for Protecting God’s Children training, log in (or click First-Time Registrant) on the VIRTUS website.  Click on the Training tab, then Live Training, Pre-register for an upcoming live training to find classes in the area At this time all classes are via Zoom.

How will I know if I need to update my training?

You will be notified by VIRTUS when it is time to renew your background check and/or take an online refresher course, which is required every three years.  You can also log in to VIRTUS to see if additional training is required.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping our parishes and schools safe and healthy for our children, youth and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions, please contact our local Safe Environment Coordinator, Sandy Plummer via email or at (206) 935-0358.