Requirements for Volunteers: VIRTUS

Starting July 1, 2014, all people who work or volunteer within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati must attend a live VIRTUS session AND read their monthly bulletins. Additionally, up until now, volunteers, teachers, staff  and clerics were required to be fingerprinted every five years. Beginning January 1, 2014, volunteers will not have to be fingerprinted, but they will have to do a background check with Selection.com from within their VIRTUS account.

If you have further questions about the new background check process or VIRTUS, CLICK HERE.

Effective June 18, 2012, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has substantially changed the way it conducts training for its Decree on Child Protection.  All training sessions on the Decree will now be known as VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions.  Each Awareness Session will last 3 hours.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the sessions.  You must pre-register with VIRTUS® before attending. Walk-in’s are not permitted.  To register follow the registration instructions.
Online Virtus® Registration instructions.

This is in conjunction with the already in place Child Protection Decree Program that the Archdiocese has sponsored for the past several years. Even if you have already completed the Child Protection Decree Program, all people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions, must also attend (or have already attended) a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session for the Decree on Child Protection before you are approved to work with children.
View the 11 minute program introduction.

For more information, please visit the Protecting Our Children page on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website.

TO REGISTER:
To register for a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session, please go to www.virtus.org (the VIRTUS® Home Page) and choose the yellow “Registration” link in the left hand column. Then choose “Register for a Session” and pick Cincinnati (Archdiocese of Cincinnati) from the drop down box. The registration instructions will then prompt you to set up a user name and password and ask some other questions. You can then sign up for any one of the many currently scheduled VIRTUS® Child Awareness Sessions from all across the Archdiocese. You can also find step-by-step VIRTUS® session registration instructions on the Archdiocese website at: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Online-registration-instructions.pdf.

VIRTUS® REQUIRED MONTHLY CONTINUING EDUCATION BULLETINS
The required monthly VIRTUS® Bulletins are posted on or about the first Sunday of each calendar month. You do not need to receive an email reminder from VIRTUS® in order to read your monthly Bulletin. Rather, please set up a personal monthly reminder in your calendar on, (e.g. the 15th day of each month), to log in to VIRTUS® and check your VIRTUS® Training tab. Your monthly VIRTUS® Bulletin will be there to view and answer the question. This will ensure that you do not miss any VIRTUS® Bulletins.