The Hero Certification Program is a system designed to educate Supers on the duties and strategies of being a Hero while simultaneously weeding out those who cannot handle such responsibility. Students must keep their status as a Super and their involvement in the program secret. Being outed as a Super or an HCP student could result in severe punishment, including expulsion from the program.
Shortly after the outing of Supers by Captain Starlight in 1957, the Hero Certification Program was created so that the government would be able to use Supers in protecting the people with proper training and qualification without being held liable for incidental damages caused in their line of work.
HCP Colleges Edit
In the USA, there are five college that offer the Hero Certification Program. Though the teachers and precise methodology are different, they all offer the same specialities and all maintain a high level of requirements for entry and graduation. Despite this, some are revered by the outside world more than others, based on their tendency to produce Heroes of renown, if not actual greater skill.
The five HCP colleges are:
1. Lander University. Location: Lander, California. Noteworthy Alumni: The Class of Legends.
2. Korman University. Location: New York, New York. Noteworthy Alumni: Shutterbug, Diamond Glance, and Maestro
3. Sizemore Tech. Location: Chicago, Illinois. Noteworthy Alumni: Titan, Deadweight, and Upturn.
4. West Private University. Location: Orlando, Florida. Noteworthy Alumni: Mary Gold, Pindrop and Sanctify.
5. Overton University Location: Overton, Texas. Noteworthy Alumni: Stall Pass, Valhalla, and Skull Strike.
Other countries have their own ways of accrediting a person for Hero work, and there is not yet enough consensus on an international programs for a Hero to work in another country with that government’s permission.
Heroes Beyond College Edit
One who has graduated from the HCP and obtained the right to work as a Hero has become a Super that is officially sanctioned to engage criminal Supers and take them down. They are legally and financially shielded from the damages caused by those actions, so long as they cannot be faulted with gross negligence. This does not mean they are free to do as they please, however. Upon graduation, Heroes are still subject to oversight. This includes:
1) A two-year internship, colloquially referred to a “side-kicking” under Hero who has worked in the field for no less than ten years. At the end of this period, the intern Hero will be evaluated to determine if they are capable of working on their own, or if more training is required.
2) All Heroes are evaluated by and report to the Department of Variant Human Affairs (DVA). They are required to undergo regular health-checks, be debriefed and counseled after violent encounters, and report for questioning when excessive civilian lives are lost. The DVA ultimately makes the determination on whether a Hero who is accused of negligence is guilty or not, a sentence that effectively terminates their career.
3) Heroes are expected to work with standard law enforcement and rescue agencies when called upon, unless they are already actively working on a criminal Super’s case. Ignoring the requests of other agencies can result in reports to the DVA, and applicable penalties.