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.The 2018 training cycle has started. Check with your SVAO for the 2018 workshop schedule.

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 following link:

Ready to conduct training for your unit members?

VAOs are required to provide annual training to their units, per DoDI 1000.04 Enclosure 4. Here is the voter training we provide: Voter Training.