AzCAN wants to ensure all students receive assistance with planning for postsecondary education and that college access professionals have the knowledge and expertise to provide accurate information to students.

AzCAN’s College Access Professional (CAP) Training will help professionals develop an understanding of their role in developing a college-going mission for all students, particularly students in poverty or facing other barriers in postsecondary planning. All the courses are designed for anyone who provides direct service to students, no matter what their role may be. Cohorts of staff are encouraged to participate in the courses together as creating an action plan is a course component.

The curriculum includes readings, activities and online discussions, allowing professionals from all over the state of Arizona to interact and learn from each other. Each module takes approximately 4-6 weeks and 20 hours to complete, consisting of 1-2 hours per day. Participants who successfully complete a module are eligible for 20 continuing education units. Those who complete the three core modules become an Arizona College Access Professional.

CAP Training is provided in online modules, consisting of three core modules and three specialized modules:

  • Creating Postsecondary Opportunities for All Students (Core)
  • College, Career, And Academic Planning (Core)
  • Financial Aid and College Applications (Core)
  • College And Career Advising In The Middle Grades
  • College And Career Advising For Special Populations
  • Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success: A Module for School Leaders
  • Advancing College & Career Readiness Through A Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Advanced Skills in Postsecondary Education and Career Advising

Check out our CAP Training Course Outline to learn more about these trainings and view the syllabuses. AzCAN can create courses upon request for 12 or more professionals. CAP Courses do not have to be taken in any specific order.


Module  Date  Registration Begins
Building a College-Going Culture for All Students Jan. 10 – Feb. 18 12/1/2021
Financial Aid and College Applications Jan. 17 – Feb. 21 12/1/2021
College and Career Advising in the Middle Grades Feb. 28 – April 15 1/1/2022
College and Career Advising for Non-school Counselors March 7 – April 11 1/1/2022
Building a College-Going Culture for All Students April 4 – May 9 1/1/2022
College and Career Advising for Special Populations  April 25 – June 3 1/1/2022
College, Career & Academic Planning May 23 – June 27 2/1/2022
Financial Aid and College Applications  June 6 – July 15 3/1/2022
Advancing College and Career Readiness through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program  Sept. 12 – Oct. 21 6/1/2022
Advanced Skills in Postsecondary Education and Career Advising   Nov. 7 – Dec. 16 9/1/2022


Thanks to our partnerships with Arizona GEAR UP and the Arizona Department of Education we are continuing to have FREE courses in 2022.

We would also like to thank The Arizona Republic-sponsored Season for Sharing initiative for helping fund our CAP program in 2022.

Arizona College Access Professionals

These leaders are prepared to help all students plan informed decisions about their education beyond high school. The Arizona College Access Professional designation involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications.