Becoming a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) or Pastoral Counselor (BCPC) with the Association of Certified Christian Chaplains indicates your dedication to the highest professional standards and ethics. ACCC certified professionals have demonstrated their devotion to continuing professional development and a devotion to their charges spiritual health.
Certification is available as either board certified or board certified associate and either as Chaplain or Pastoral Counselor. There are also specialty certifications available for those who have acheived board certification.
ACCC also accepts reciprocation of those certified under other organizations for certification with ACCC. See below for the requirements. To get started, see below.
The Chaplain is a professional that is employed in outside industry such as medical care, prisons, commerce, military, etc. They serve the employees and/or patients of these organizations.
The Pastoral Counselor is a professional that is primarily a Congregational Pastor. Their primary area of responsibility is the local church.
The Associate category is for those seeking professional chaplaincy or pastoral counseling but do not yet meet the educational requirements for that status. For example, an ordained minister has not yet completed four (4) units of CPE or an applicant has not yet attained their Master's Degree (or equivalent). Once an associate completes the requirements they are automatically granted full board certification
The BCCS is authorized to conduct Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Units under the auspices of ACCC. Becoming a CPE Supervisor is the penultimate certification and demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism. By becoming a BCCS the Chaplain is charged with shaping the chaplains of the future using his/her experience and knowledge.