Certification as an ACPE Educator by ACPE is an earned privilege and responsibility. It is achieved by meeting the requirements for certification in the ACPE standards. ACPE certified educators are clinical pastoral educators who are academically prepared and who are authorized by a recognized faith group. They combine perspectives from theology and the behavioral sciences in conducting accredited programs of clinically supervised ministry education.

ACPE only certifies ACPE Educators. We do not certify chaplains or pastoral counselors. CPE is a prerequisite for certification as chaplain or pastoral counselor. If you would like to enroll in a CPE unit, please reference our directory of Accredited Centers to find a location near you.

For more information about becoming a certified chaplain or pastoral counselor, we recommend contacting the following organizations: Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains, or American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Dates & Deadlines for Upcoming Certification Meetings 
NOTE: The material submission deadline is the postmark date (not a “received by” date).

Fall Certification Meeting Dates 

Deadline to Declare: August 31, 2017
(Declarations must be submitted by email to certification@acpe.edu)

Deadline to Submit/Postmark Materials: October 5, 2017

Subcommittee Meetings: November 12-14, 2017

Welcome to the ACPE Certification Process

We created this space as a helpful overview of the steps and procedures as you navigate the ACPE certification process. It does not replace two essential resources, the Certification Manual and its Appendices and the Certification Commission Policies and Procedures manual.

For more information, please visit Certification Resources

Please send your feedback or questions to Certification@acpe.edu.`

Spiritual Care Professional Membership
To begin, you must be a Spiritual Care Professional in order to be accepted into an ACPE program of Supervisory Education. Submit the Spiritual Care Professional application to the Certification Coordinator to become a Spiritual Care Professional or upgrade your membership to a Spiritual Care Professional.