The Board Certification Process
Board certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and designate professional chaplains who demonstrate the knowledge essential to ethical and effective chaplaincy care. Board certification is based on a peer-review process guided by Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains.
Board certification is an important part of the professional recognition of chaplains as part of a team of other professional care providers. Board certification and faith group endorsement are two ways that chaplains are held accountable for competent, ethical effective care.
To qualify for board certification, a minister must complete at least 72 graduate credit hours of theological academic preparation, four units of CPE and at least 2,000 ministry hours as a professional chaplain.