Office of Human Resources launches Reporting Child Abuse online training program

February 28, 2013

On Feb. 28, the new online training program, Reporting Child Abuse, will be available to all Penn State employees at The Reporting Child Abuse training has been specifically designed for Penn State employees and Authorized Adults to ensure they understand policies/laws, their responsibilities around reporting and reporting protocol.

Under Policy AD72, all Penn State employees are required to complete the training each calendar year. It is important, once the training has been completed, that employees retain a copy of the Certificate of Completion. Employees classified as an Authorized Adult under policy AD39 must complete the training prior to working with minors, as well as complete a background check. Employees who are not classified as Authorized Adults can take the training any time throughout the calendar year (2013) and must recertify each year.

“We are extremely pleased to launch the Reporting Child Abuse program in an online format,” said Sue Cromwell, director of the Center for Workplace Learning & Performance. “It is an essential step towards reaching the goal of educating the entire University community about child abuse and reporting.”

As of Feb. 15, more than 11,000 Penn State employees and volunteers have been trained in reporting child abuse since the initiative began in April 2012. The program was created through a collaborative effort between Penn State's Center for Workplace Learning & Performance, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), WPSU Learning and Media Design Team, University Police, Penn State Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, Centre County Women's Resource Center, faculty experts and professionals throughout the community.

The Center for Workplace Learning & Performance in Penn State’s Office of Human Resources has partnered with a company called SkillSoft, who will be hosting the training content within their SkillPort platform. Employees will be notified via an email from their HR Representative.   Each employee should expect to receive a welcome email message from SkillSoft. The message will have instructions to log in to the SkillPort system (including the log-in credentials for the training). Once logged in, employees will then be taken to the SkillPort landing page, where they will be able to access the Reporting Child Abuse training. (Instructions will be available within the site navigation.) Within the next few months, employees may notice a change in the login procedure. At that time, users will be prompted to log in with a Penn State Access Account (WebAccess).

For questions regarding the training, the following link will take individuals to an FAQ sheet. For problems accessing the training, employees should contact the ITS Service help desk at or 814-865-HELP (4357).  Questions about the training itself can be directed to the Center for Workplace Learning & Performance (CWLP) at or 814-865-8216.

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Last Updated February 28, 2013