New Certification Process

ACPE’s new Certification Process began on January 1, 2018.  The New Certification Process is designed as a developmental, competency-based approach to learning. In this new, innovative approach, evaluation of CECs is ongoing and is grounded in clearly articulated competencies that are required to successfully engage in our work. Competency-based learning utilizes systems of instruction, assessment and reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through the process.

For more information on the New Certification Process, please refer to the New Certification Process Manual.

Important Documents for the New Certification Process

  ACPE Certification Process Diagram [PDF]
  
ACPE Certified Educator Competencies  [MS Word]  [PDF]
  Theory Integration Presentation Rubric   [MS Word]  updated May 3, 2018
  Admissions Competencies Assessment Form [MS Word]

Educational Video Series: Starting the Process

  Understanding Competencies 
The new Certification Process will utilize a competency-based approach to education.  This video is narrated by Tahara Akmal, ACPE Certified Educator.  Tahara is currently the Director of CPE at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading, PA. She served as a member of the Certification Reform Work Group and is currently a member of the implementation team.  This video will give an introduction to competencies, how they are utilized and how they are assessed. | Download PowerPoint Presentation

  Competencies for Admission
This video is narrated by Kitty Garlid, ACPE Certified Educator and BCC.  Kitty is currently the Director of Spiritual Care at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.  She served as a member of the Certification Reform Work Group and is currently a member of the implementation team.  This video is designed to illuminate the competencies that an applicant to a Certified Educator Program is expected to be able to demonstrate.  Evaluation of these competencies by a local center and the Certification Commission will be used in determining admission both to a local center as well as into the formal ACPE Certified Educator Program. 

  Admission Process
This video is narrated by Marcos Collado, ACPE Certified Educator.  Marcos is currently a Pastoral Educator at IU Health in Indianapolis, IN.  He is currently a member of the implementation team.  This video is designed to explain the Admission Process for applicants to a Certified Educator Program.  As shared in the video, the Admission Process begins with the local center, and then upon acceptance, moves to the ACPE process for formal acceptance into the Certified Educator Program. | Download PowerPoint Presentation