VAO Training

In an effort to make sure you are prepared to assist voters we offer in-person workshops in even-numbered years for two different groups: VAOs in the Department of Defense and VAOs in the Department of State. The trainings cover VAO responsibilities, describe the absentee voting process, explain the resources available to conduct a successful voting assistance program, and how FVAP can help. The trainings explain how to help the voter complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

DoD Instruction 1000.04 requires all VAOs to complete either an FVAP/Service-provided workshop or the online training available below. Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion that should be placed in your VAO continuity folder.

In-Person Workshops

FVAP workshops are held at military installations and U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.

Training Modules

To help you perform your duties as a VAO, we provide online training for VAOs and Installation Voting Assistance Officers (IVAO), per DoDI 1000.04 Enclosure 4. Additional training is required for individuals working in an Installation Voter Assistance Office (IVA Office), as well as for military recruiters. These trainings can be found in the IVA Office Staff training section and Military Recruiter section.

Guided online VAO and IVA Office training can be found using the link below. You will need an FVAP account to access the training.

If you do not have a VAO or IVA Office Staff account and need to take training, use this version:

Ready to conduct training for your unit members?

VAOs are required to provide annual training to their units, per DoDI 1000.04 Enclosure 4.

For more information on voter education, head to our Voter Education page.