Chaplaincy is a Profession of Specialized Training and Development
What is required for a person to serve as a chaplain? What does a chaplain do?
The Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains, says a chaplain provides “spiritual care in healthcare facilities, correctional institutions, long-term care units, rehabilitation centers, hospice, military, and other specialized settings.” Certification as a chaplain means this person has “met established national standards for professional competence, and is held to a code of ethics.”
The standards of education and qualifications for Board Certified Chaplains (BCCs) include a Bachelor’s Degree plus three years of graduate level theological education taken at an accredited school; four (4) units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE provided by ACPE, NACC or CAPPE); and one year (2,000 hours) full-time chaplaincy experience. Ecclesiastical endorsement by a recognized faith group for ministry in a specialized setting is also required for board certification.