Board Certification Application
You will submit the following information via email (address provided after submission of your form) after you complete your application.
- Documentation of existing CPE Units (4 required for BCC and BCPC, 2 required for BCAC) from a U.S. Department of Education Accredited institution. The only two CPE units that are accepted for board certification are those attained through the Institute of Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT), or the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).
- An ecclesiastical endorsement from a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs approved endorser. Find a list of approved endorsers, here.
- 2 verbatim case studies that demonstrate your use of active listening and responding skills. Click here for sample case study.
- Evidence of an M.Div. from a Department of Education recognized institution (may be waived at the discretion of the ACCC National Board)
- A theological reflection that demonstrates your thoughts of Chaplaincy or Pastoral Counseling in light of your faith.
- A brief autobiography outlining your journey through your faith.
- If you answered “Yes” to a felony conviction, please provide a full explanation.
- Completed and passed(70% or higher) online Chaplain Core Competencies test. Access provided in the emailed receipt. 25 questions randomly selected from a question pool of 50. Can be taken as many times as needed.
Once all documentation has been verified, Chaplain Richard DeFord will work with you to arrange your board-certification interview which is done over teleconference with the National Board. Interviews are usually conducted on Mondays at 4 p.m. Central Time via Zoom Video Conference. Interviews take approximately one hour but can take longer depending on you. Please make sure that you know yourself, your past, your flaws, and your strengths. Be prepared for a role play with the board. Be prepared to articulate your experiences that led you to seek certification.