What is an Application Assistant?

An AA must be a designee of their agency or program and authorized by the secretary of state to assist individuals in the completion of ACP applications. Without AAs, the ACP could not be successful in helping families stay safe.

Application Assistant Eligibility

By law, only certain people are eligible to be an ACP Application Assistant. They must be an employee of a non-profit program or a state, county, or other local agency. Additionally, it must be a part of their job to provide advocacy, counseling, referral, or shelter services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or trafficking.

Role of the Application Assistant
  • Provide safety planning and other resource assistance to applicant.
  • Meet with applicant to explain the ACP.
  • Discuss program eligibility and fit with applicant.
  • Assist applicant with completing ACP application and submit to the ACP once complete.
How do I become a Certified Application Assistant

If you meet the eligibility criteria to be an ACP Application Assistant, you must complete the steps below:

  • Complete certification training administered by the Washington ACP that includes
    • Watching the advocate video at the bottom of this page.
    • Emailing [email protected] to arrange a short phone follow up.


  • Submit a complete Application Assistant Agreement that will be emailed to you after the phone follow up.

Certification is valid for two years from the date of execution and a new agreement must be completed every two years to continue serving as an Application Assistant.

You can transfer your certification to a new employer as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements and by submitting an updated Application Assistant Agreement.

link to advocates youtube playlist

Request for training and materials

If you are a current Application Assistant and are in need of ACP materials, please email [email protected]. Applications are not available online and must be requested from our office directly by a certified Application Assistant.