The Diocese of St. Petersburg Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults requires that in addition to a background check, all adults who may have unsupervised access to or the care, responsibility, or supervision of children, youth, or vulnerable adults must attend Safe Environment Program (SEP) training appropriate for the vulnerable population they wish to serve.  Initial SEP training must be face-to-face and must be renewed every 5 years.

To renew SEP training after 5 years, there are two options available.  The first option is to attend another face-to-face workshop.  Training dates and locations may be found by accessing the Diocesan Calendar at the following URL:

Please contact the training site and register for the training session.  At the conclusion of the training, attendees will receive a SEP Training Attendance Certificate that they should present to the work or volunteer entity as proof of SEP training.  There is no cost to take this training.

The second option is online recertification.  To renew SEP training for access to children or for access to vulnerable adults (Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion (to the sick and shut-in) and Pastoral Care Providers), please click on the following link for online recertification instructions.  Sign on as a “First Time User” and follow the instructions.  Complete the appropriate courses as follows and provide copies of your training certificate to the diocesan entity where you work or volunteer:

  1. For access to children, take the following courses:
    1. Detecting Predators
    2. Recognize and  Report Child Abuse
  2. For access to vulnerable adults (Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion (to the sick and shut-in)/Pastoral Care Providers) take the following course:
    1. Protect Vulnerable Adults

There is a fee involved with taking online courses.  The fee depends on the number of courses involved and can be paid by credit/debit card, Pay Pal, or electronic check.