Degrees and Certifications:

Youth Protection and Clearances


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established a statute that requires all individuals working with children as either employees or volunteers to obtain and submit certain clearances and complete PA-required online training. In addition, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown requires that all OLVCS employees and volunteers submit Diocesan forms and complete the Diocesan Youth Protection online course.

These requirements have been set with the safety of our children in mind.

Completing the Youth Protection Process

  • To begin the clearance and online training process, go to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Youth Protection website.  As you complete this process you will be required to download and fill out Diocesan forms, as well as apply for and receive notifications of your clearances. You will also complete one Diocesan-required, online training program AND one PA-required, online training program.

    Once you have completed the trainings, filled out the forms, and obtained documentation of required clearances, submit all required paperwork and copies of clearances to the OLV Youth Protection Coordinator:

    Electronic Copies:
    Electronic (scanned) copies of paperwork and clearances should be emailed to It is helpful if you can label your documents with your name and the type of document.

    Hard Copies:
    To submit your paperwork as a hard copy, enclose all documents in ONE envelope and send it to the following address:

    Youth Protection Coordinator
    Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
    820 Westerly Parkway
    State College, PA 16801  

    NOTE: You only need to submit your documents one way, either hard copy or electronically.

    The OLV Youth Protections Coordinator will review your documents and submit them to the Diocese for final approval. She will contact you once your approval is granted. This approval can take 4-6 weeks.

    If you have already obtained clearances through another organization, it is recommended that you contact the OLV Youth Protections Coordinator BEFORE you begin, to see if you might be able to transfer some of these approvals.

    If you have any questions or need assistance in accessing the trainings or paperwork, contact the OLV Youth Protection Coordinator.