Human Trafficking Essentials – for High Schools: Online Certificate Course

Online certificate course with specific resources for high-school-age students, parents, teachers, and administration.

Online, self-paced, self-guided. An interactive, fact-based, victim-centered, human trafficking awareness and prevention training with measurable learning outcomes. Includes in-depth information on human trafficking definitions, prevalence, risk factors, vulnerabilities, red flags, and responses.

Specifically designed for professionals and anyone interested in advancing their knowledge of human trafficking. It covers all the basics everyone (children, parents, and professionals) should know, and provides an assessment-based Certificate of Mastery guaranteed to be accepted anywhere.

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Far beyond a typical “voice over a slideshow” training, the Human Trafficking Essentials series of courses utilize interactive education techniques to provide an unprecedented learning experience.

Interactive learning is six times better than passively watching videos or reading. A study from Carnegie Mellon University shows that students using interactive learning out-perform students only learning through instructional videos by a factor of six to one.

Your course provides accurate, relevant information that has been vetted by professionals, and it allows you to practice what you learn as you progress toward mastery. Care has been taken to provide multiple learning modalities to account for all learning styles. It is also designed with your lifestyle in mind, so you can start and continue your progress on any web browser at any time. There is no need to set aside a huge block of time because the course is broken into small, bite-sized sections, so you can earn your Certificate of Mastery over multiple sessions at your convenience. 

The Human Trafficking Essentials Certificate of Mastery has been accepted for Project Management Professional (PMP) Professional Development Units (PDUs) by the internationally-recognized Project Management InstituteCIO 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.”

University students across America are utilizing Human Trafficking Essentials in their classes to cover this often-neglected topic. Read more about how College of DuPage and Governor’s State University are using it to train their criminal justice students.

Psychology Today interviewed PBJ Learning’s founders during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, where they explained how children can be manipulated into becoming victims without even realizing it is happening, often times right under their parents’ noses. You will learn about this type of “grooming” within the course, in Chapter 4: Red Flags and Responses.

Learning Objectives

  • Legal definitions and requirements

  • Actions, Means, and Purpose are required to be considered trafficking

  • How vulnerabilities and unmet needs can lead to trafficking

  • Common red flags

  • Risk factors and vulnerabilities

  • Proper responses


  • 100% Online: Access on Mobile, PC, Tablet and Laptop

  • Start, stop, and continue your learning on any device at any time
  • Certificate of Completion with Money Back Guarantee

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the course are 100% guaranteed to be accepted by any organization.

  • Four thorough chapters, nine original instructional and animated videos (30+ minutes), and multiple in-depth lessons and interactive activities

  • Demonstrable mastery of learning objectives through assessment-based testing

  • Resources for students, parents, teachers, and administration


"A treasure; a course with evidence of strategic and methodical implementation of diverse teaching strategies to reach every learner with or without prior human trafficking knowledge"

As a nurse educator for over a decade, and focusing on human trafficking for the last two years, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to view this virtual training.

As I clicked on “play” my mindset shifted to predetermined assumptions of what a human trafficking training would look like. Regardless, I was most excited about the opportunity to complete the training from the comfort of my home. To my surprise, I discovered a treasure; a course with evidence of strategic and methodical implementation of diverse teaching strategies to reach every learner with or without prior human trafficking knowledge.

The course overall was engaging, easy to follow, interesting, and divided into small sections with application exercises, allowing for immediate use of the information learned. The segments and activities were so engaging that I felt excited and accomplished at the end of each one as my intellectual growth was evident. The use of drag and drop, matching, and video cases to help “connect the dots” was impressive.

Furthermore, these activities helped not only reinforcing the information, but it forces the learner to apply the new knowledge with the use of scenarios. I cannot recall another virtual training the engaged the learner as in depth as this one, aside from educational tools used by our school of nursing. I do not imply these do not exist elsewhere; rather, it is atypical for virtual trainings (even some created for masters and doctoral prepared audiences) to reach this level of detail and commitment to produce a diverse virtual learning environment.

This course provides crucial information related to human trafficking and its legal aspect yet remains focused on the most relevant and useful information for any learner in any setting. I highly recommend this wonderful and effective training.”

Marielle Combs, DNP, RN, CNE. Marielle Combs is an experienced certified nurse educator, published author (“Human Trafficking: Empowering Healthcare Providers and Community Partners as Advocates for Victims“), and advocate for increasing anti-human trafficking awareness. She is the nursing education director for the anti-trafficking non-profit organization Exitus

Advisory Board Member Marielle Combs DNP, RN, CNE

Dr. Combs uses her educational expertise to empower future nurses and the community in human trafficking identification, rescue, and the healing of survivors. Her extensive educational experience will guide PBJ Learning’s training curriculum.

"A real eye-opener; well worth the effort"

“The presentation is very slick, and the procedure is easy to follow. The exam is thorough, and I was pleased that an incorrect answer was accompanied by the correct section to study for that knowledge. Before taking the course, I thought I had a solid grasp of the nature of human trafficking, but the initial test to determine my baseline knowledge was a real eye-opener!  

I have taken many courses like this covering different subjects over the years, and they are often a simple formality, but Human Trafficking Essentials taught me valuable information about this horrific industry, and I feel equipped to recognize the signs of it when I see it, and the appropriate steps to take

I had to put in earnest work for the Certificate of Mastery and it was well worth the effort.”

– Steve Powers, veteran interactive professional.

Steve Powers

"Crucial education"

“Sex trafficking, forced labor, child soldiers, and other forms of human trafficking are at the core of much human suffering, particularly in demographics that are already economically, emotionally and otherwise vulnerable.

PBJ’s online course, Human Trafficking Essentials, provides crucial education for community leaders, educators and others in identifying the red flags of potential human trafficking scenarios and a necessary guide for helping its victims.”

– Jenny Bendel, Activist and Community Relations Advisor. She is an award-winning communications and community development professional with more that 30 years of experience creating highly successful initiatives for clients in music, gaming, comics, toys and more, as well as for a variety of humanitarian, environmental and civil rights campaigns and social justice issues.

Jenny Bendel

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

“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.

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

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

“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, former federal officer of the Central Intelligence Agency who specializes in matters of human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, and crimes against children.

PBJ Learning Advisory Board Member Adam Zarnowski