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.

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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. Autobiography.
  11. Competency essay.
  12. Interview with a committee appointed by ACI

How Do I Apply for ACI Board Certification?

How to apply for board-certification through Adventist Chaplaincy Institute.

  1. Go to
  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.

Items That 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.

  • Application Form
  • Official undergraduate degree transcripts or equivalency materials submitted from issuing college/university.
  • Official graduate degree(s) transcripts or equivalency materials submitted from issuing college/university.
  • Letter from employer to verify 2,000 hours of work experience as a chaplain or equivalency materials.
  • Recommendation letter from administrator.
  • Recommendation letter from another board-certified chaplain of APC/BCCI, ACPE, CASC, NACC, NAJC, NAVAC, or a certified/licensed peer professional like a nurse, a doctor, or a social worker.
  • Evidence of CPE units or equivalency materials. (Board-certified chaplain must have completed four (4) units confirmed by a transcript or certificate of completion and the last unit confirmed by the supervisor and corresponding self-evaluation for each unit.
  • Autobiography.
  • Essay addressing each one of the Adventist Board Certification competencies.
  • Accountability for Ethical Conduct form.
  • Documentation of current endorsement in accordance with your own division.
  • Provide documentation of current endorsement with your endorsing Division (received or reaffirmed within last 12 months).  The letter must be mailed directly to the ACI office.  Contact your endorsing Division as soon as possible to obtain your letter, as this process can take many months to complete.  The mailing address for Adventist Chaplaincy Institute is: Adventist Chaplaincy Institute, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904.

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Directions To Apply for Board-Certification Through Reciprocity

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