Board-Certification

What Is Board-Certification?

Board-certification is the process by which candidates demonstrate their competence, qualifications and ability to function as a professional chaplain. One purpose of board certification is to assure the public and the employing organization that the chaplain has met established national standards for professional competence, and is held to a code of ethics. A second purpose is to promote the continuing education and development of certified spiritual care providers.

Employers Benefit From Board-Certification

Employers who desire to recruit and train highly qualified chaplains find credentialing of professionals at every level of their organizations to be one essential tool for assuring and improving the quality of services provided to their customers. In addition, training and certification from recognized and reliable professional organizations brings the added benefit of promoting accountability to public standards for ethical conduct and professional competence. Today, there is increasing scrutiny to organizations’ understanding of the cultural, spiritual and religious needs of their customers, as well as their capacity to meet those needs.

Requirements for ACI Board Certification

  1. Earned graduate theological degree consisting of a minimum 72 hours or 108-quarters hours of credit from an accredited seminary. The Board of Adventist Chaplaincy Certification fully expects that this graduate theological training will be from a Seventh-day Adventist university. If alternatives are presented, they must be accompanied by a written statement documenting the reason for obtaining this training in a non-Adventist setting.
  2. Four (4) or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education that are approved by Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries-General Conference.
  3. Fulfill the ACI-established competencies.
  4. Documentation of 2,000 hours of chaplaincy employment.
  5. Current conference-issued ministerial credentials
  6. Letter of support from the chaplain’s home division.
  7. Letter of support from the president of the church organization that issues the chaplain’s ministerial credentials
  8. Letter of support from the chaplain’s employer.
  9. Two additional recommendation letters.
  10. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  11. A written essay for each of the four (4) areas of competency:
    1. Pastoral Care Theology
    2. Professional Identity and Conduct
    3. Professional Pastoral Care
    4. Professional Pastoral Leadership
  12. Two written recent clinical cases (verbatims) to practically demonstrate competencies. The verbatims must be no more than five years old.
  13. Interview with the empaneled ACI Certification Board.

How Do I Apply for Board Certification through Adventist Chaplaincy Institute?

  1. Go to AdventistChaplaincyInstitute.org/BoardCertification
  2. Complete the profile registration form.
  3. After completing the registration for your profile, log in and choose ACM Board Application in the left hand column.
  4. Be prepared to upload the items that must be submitted with your application.
  5. Once you have submitted your application and supporting documentation, your name will be taken to the Adventist Chaplaincy Institute Board-Certification Committee. You will be notified by email once your certification is voted. You will receive a letter, certificate and lapel pin by mail noting your board-certification status.

The following items must be submitted by CANDIDATE:

You should have these items ready to upload before you begin your application. You will need to upload the documents as you complete your application. Please submit one-sided documents ONLY.

Complete application and supporting documents are valid only for one year (12 months) from the date they are received by ACI.

BOARD CERTIFICATION APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION CHECKLIST

  1. ____ Earned graduate theological degree and transcripts
    1. Certified – a minimum 72 hours or 108-quarters hours of credit from an accredited seminary.
    2. Associate – a minimum of 48 hours of credit from an accredited seminary. The Board of Adventist Chaplaincy Certification fully expects that this graduate theological training will be from a Seventh-day Adventist university. If alternatives are presented, they must be accompanied by a written statement documenting the reason for obtaining this training in a non-Adventist setting.
    3. Provisional – this certification is granted only to those chaplains who meet all board-certification requirements, except for the 2,000 hours of chaplaincy employment.
  2. ____ Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Certificates or letter of certification from CPE Supervisor that are approved by Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries-General Conference.
    1. CertifiedFour (4) or more units or three (3) units and equivalency approved by ACI.
    2. AssociateTwo (2) units
  3. ____ Documentation of 2,000 hours of chaplaincy employment. If a chaplain is lacking the required 2,000 hours of work experience, they can be granted a provisional certification.
  4. ____ Copy of current conference-issued ministerial credentials.
  5. ____ Letter of support from the chaplain’s home division.
  6. ____ Letter of support from the chaplain’s employer.
  7. ____ One recommendation letter from peers.
  8. ____ Autobiography outlining Call to Chaplaincy–In 7-10 pages discuss your call to chaplaincy ministry, a description of your personal and spiritual development, and important relationships and events in your life that inform your ministerial practice
  9. ____ Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  10. ____ A written essay for each of the four (4) areas of competency:
    1. Pastoral Care Theology
    2. Professional Identity and Conduct
    3. Professional Pastoral Care
    4. Professional Pastoral Leadership
  11. ____ Two written recent clinical cases (verbatims) to practically demonstrate competencies. The verbatims                    must be no more than five years old.
  1. ____ Interview with the empaneled ACI Certification Board.
  2. ____ Signed copy of the Code of Ethics for Board-Certified Seventh-day Adventist Chaplains.

 

To download a PDF of the ACI Board-Certification application requirements and instructions, click here.

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To download a copy of the Adventist Chaplaincy Institute Handbook, click here.

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Code of Ethics Form (To Download, click here.)