Human Trafficking Essentials


Human Trafficking Essentials uses PREVENTucation: education with measurable learning objectives, rigorous material, and interactive lessons and activities. 

This course focuses on the essentials required to understand, recognize, and respond to human trafficking.


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Learning objectives


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David Deeds

Education Director

Course instructor David Deeds brings over a decade of professional experience teaching, researching, and raising awareness about human trafficking. In that time, he has taught hundreds of university students, hosted events, engaged legislators, and found innovative ways of working against human trafficking while informing others.

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Billy Joe Cain

Creative Director

Billy Joe’s 30 years of interactive entertainment and educational product experience and five years of human trafficking prevention training has been focused to end this horrible crime. After a profound personal experience set him on this mission, he has built a network of experts to create the best course to fight trafficking in the world.

Human Trafficking Essentials OnlineDescription

This two hour certification course is specifically designed for professionals and anyone interested in advancing their knowledge of human trafficking. It covers all the basics everyone in the field should know, and provides pre-course and post-course assessments to show improvement.

It includes in-depth information on human trafficking definitions, prevalence, risk factors, vulnerabilities, red flags, and responses. It is victim-centric, measurable, and based upon over a decade of research. The materials are delivered in 30 minutes of video and 90 minutes of instruction and interactive activities.

The training includes practical responses to trafficking, statistics, and survivor stories and requires passing an assessment to receive certification.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the course are 100% guaranteed to be accepted by any organization. Human Trafficking Essentials has been accepted for Project Management Professional (PMP) CEUs. PMP is an internationally recognized professional designation offered by the Project Management Institute ( CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification in North America because it demonstrates you have the specific skills employers seek, dedication to excellence and the capacity to perform at the highest levels.

“Human Trafficking Essentials uses an impressive interactive methodology to impart a concise understanding of human trafficking as a legal, social, and community issue”

PBJ Learning Advisory Board Member Theresa Ryan-Rouger is an experienced human rights lawyer, lecturer, published researcher, and development project leader with expertise in International Human Rights: Children's rights, SASE, Human Trafficking, Business and Human Rights“As an international human rights lawyer and professor of Human Rights Law (specialising in the demand side of human trafficking), I was impressed with the interactive methodology employed by PBJ Learning in its presentation of human trafficking from the U.S. perspective. As a key human rights issue, it is essential to increase awareness as a starting point down the journey towards ultimate freedom for all. This course, as a solid educative introduction to human trafficking, accomplishes just that. It delivers a concise understanding of how human trafficking can be understood as a legal, social, and community issue while bearing on the need to address human trafficking through the lens of the ‘let’s react now’, timeline approach.” 

– Theresa Ryan-Rouger, Experienced international human rights lawyer, lecturer, published researcher, and development project leader with expertise in International Human Rights: Children’s rights, SASE, Human Trafficking, Business and Human Rights

“Human Trafficking Essentials is the best course I’ve ever seen on the topic of human trafficking”

PBJ Learning Advisory Board Member Adam Zarnowski“This is the best course I’ve ever seen on the topic of human trafficking. It covers the scope and the facts well without exaggeration or fluff. Every person in the United States needs to take this course.”

Adam Zarnowski is a former federal officer of the Central Intelligence Agency who specializes in matters of human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, and crimes against children. He currently works with the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative, and his personal mission in life is to end human trafficking. He uses his skills in intelligence, psychology, and social work to protect and aid vulnerable populations.

Human Trafficking Essentials features and learning objectives

Human trafficking is a very difficult topic to discuss and learn about, but you must understand it to recognize it and know what to do if someone is in danger, including yourself.

I’m Billy Joe Cain, one of the founders of PBJ Learning, and I’m very excited to tell you about our online certificate course, Human Trafficking Essentials.

David Deeds, our education director, and I have been teaching middle and high school students, medical university students, and law enforcement to recognize and respond to human trafficking for a combined 15 years.

Human Trafficking Essentials’ learning objectives are aligned with authoritative sources and the most promising practices in the field.

Accuracy is vital, so the data and sources used in the course have been reviewed and approved by law enforcement, survivors, and advocates.

We understand people have different learning styles, so our self-paced online certificate course is designed to make difficult information accessible to everyone.

We guarantee our continuing education credits meet or exceed any requirements for human trafficking training.

The Project Management Institute, for example, recognizes them for PMP Project Management Professionals.

Our alumni improve their knowledge of human trafficking by an average of 38.3 percent, based upon improvement between pre- and post-course assessments.

Human Trafficking Essentials includes 30 minutes of original videos with direct teacher instruction and animated stories.

It provides 90 minutes of lessons with gamified activities, like quizzes, word drags, critical reasoning analysis, branching stories, and more.

It’s organized into four chapters that cover definitions, prevalence, risks, vulnerabilities, red flags, and responses.

It’s designed to let people learn through making mistakes and being directed to the correct information.

We understand sitting down in one place to take a course is a big commitment, so we designed the course so you can begin, continue, and finish your course on different devices, using any browser, anywhere you want, at any time.

We understand your time is valuable, so the course is designed so you can complete it in small bites.

We’re excited to help you on your journey to learn more about human trafficking.

There’s lots to learn, so let’s get started.

PBJ Learning.

Welcome to Human Trafficking Essentials

Human Trafficking Essentials Videos

Learning objectives are woven into specific, easy to watch, videos

Breakdown: 4 chapters  10 sections • 9 videos • 120 minutes

This is the first video of the course. You find all the details of what is offered throughout the course and what you will learn.

Following the Welcome video, you take the Pre-Course Assessment to provide a baseline of your current understanding of human trafficking. This will be useful at the end of the course when you take the Post-Course Assessment.

You can see how much your understanding and knowledge about human trafficking increased by completing the course.

In this video we break down the exact definition of human trafficking at the national and international levels.

After viewing this video, you will know the elements of human trafficking and the similarities between the two most commonly used definitions of human trafficking.

In the first prevalence video, we share some of the most reliable estimates and statistics on human trafficking to help you better understand the scope and breadth of this terrible crime.

In the second prevalence video, we show you how this crime affects individuals by sharing real-life survivor stories.

In this first video on vulnerabilities associated with human trafficking, you learn about demographics that place individuals and groups and greater risk of being trafficked. This includes race, income, and geography.

With an understanding of how vulnerabilities can increase a person’s chances of being trafficked, we use real world stories to show how these vulnerabilities were exploited by traffickers.

In this video we explain how to be aware of the context of the situation to help you identify red flags and determine if someone is being trafficked or at risk of being trafficked.

To better understand the types of everyday situations where people are being trafficked or at risk for being trafficked, we walk you through multiple real-life stories that involves kids being groomed and vulnerabilities being exploited.

In this final video, we explain how to respond to a situation where you believe someone is being trafficked. From nurses to parents, the ability to respond appropriately is available to everyone.

In this Post-Course Assessment, you use everything you gained by completing all sections of the course. Upon finishing this test, you can see how this score compares with your Pre-Course Assessment to see how much you learned from your Human Trafficking Essentials course.

Post-Course Assessment scores of 70% receive Completion Credit. Score 100% to receive your Certificate of Mastery.


Exceeds all mandatory human trafficking education requirements

Human Trafficking Essentials teaches the foundations upon which everyone should build their knowledge: definitions, awareness, prevalence, vulnerabilities, red flags, prevention, and responses.

Your Certificate of Completion can be presented to any employer, nonprofit group, educational institution, or other entity.

It exceeds standards set by courts, legal orders, legal representatives, parole or probation requirements, and employers or other entities.

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Learn Anywhere

Your Human Trafficking Essentials online course is 100% online and self-paced, which allows you to start and stop at any time and as often as necessary to accommodate your schedule.

The course can also be taken on any device that has access to the Internet, including:

Desktop computers
Laptop computers
Smart phones

You can even start on one device and continue on another!

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Guaranteed Acceptance

Your Human Trafficking Essentials Certificate of Completion comes backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.

Your certificate is guaranteed to be accepted. If your certificate is not accepted for any reason, you will receive a full, no hassle refund.

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