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Ascend’s Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) Certification program is the elite professional development training for the SRA field.


Sexual Risk Avoidance is an educational approach based on the public health model of primary prevention to empower youth to avoid ALL the risks of sexual activity.

In an increasingly competitive world, it is important that professionals in every career maintain the highest level of knowledge and skill in their areas of expertise. Ascend’s Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Certification Program offers a comprehensive, professional designation recognizing individuals who wish to or are currently involved in offering SRA education at the school and community levels. Ascend’s Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) Certification program is the elite professional development training for the SRA field.

SRAS certification offers educators the opportunity to distinguish themselves in their field, increase credibility and demonstrate a professional commitment to enhancing their teaching expertise by:

  • Providing competency, knowledge and performance-based training
  • Encouraging uniform levels of professional expertise in the SRA methodology
  • Increasing the overall quality of school and community sex education
  • Providing seasoned SRA educators with a continuing education opportunity that includes the most recent research, data, and trends in sexual health
  • Offering a quality professional development opportunity to Title V and SRAE grantees
  • Granting the SRAS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist) designation after one’s name upon successful completion of credentialing requirement

The credential training covers a comprehensive list of topics relevant to the SRA field. Topics include:

  • Defining the SRA approach
  • The public health basis for SRA
  • Theoretical frameworks that support SRA
  • A historical overview of sex education content and policy in America
  • The Content and Context of successful SRA programs
  • Building parent-child connectedness
  • Understanding and implementing an evidence-based approach
  • Sexual health data, research, trends and medical accuracy
  • Understanding evaluation designs, implementation, and outcomes
  • Principles of effective public messaging

SRA Certification Training Format

Training topics are presented in two ways:

  1. On-line pre-course reading assignments and quizzes are administered to training participants by Ascend.
  2. Ascend’s trainers provide a two-day, live presentation seminar with an exam after each training day.

The pre-course work is foundational to the live training presentation. There are nine pre-course modules with a quiz after each module to be completed online before the live training event.

The final score will be determined as follows: 50% from quiz scores and 50% from final exam scores. A cumulative score of 80% must be achieved in order to become SRA certified.

  • Each participant must submit a Letter of Endorsement
  • Signed agreement to abide by the SRA Code of Ethics
  • The credential is valid for two years
  • Recredentialing opportunities available through online continuing education

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Event Title: Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Certification Course

Date: February 22-23, 2022

Location: Online

FEE: $350