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Membership

The International Association of Christian chaplains offers two types of membership:

Active Member

Board Certified

 

 

Active Member Chaplain Qualifications

► An Active Member is a person actively involve in providing pastoral care and upholding Christian principles.

► The Active Member abides to the Standards and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Christian Chaplains.

► Have submitted an official application form for membership. Click here to download an official Application Form. Page 1 and Page 2

► Submitted the annual membership dues (U.S. $ 75)

 

Key Benefits

► Certificate of Active Chaplain Membership
The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.
► Professional Respect and Recognition
► The Pastoral Care "Book of the Year"
► Peer support and encouragement
► Accessibility to the latest news and fines resources available in the chaplaincy field.
► Online list of job opportunities
► The Active Member is a voting integrant with all the privileges and benefits accorded thereto.

Click here to download IACC Standards and Code of Ethics with Acrobat Reader (PDF)

Click here to download the Annual Up-Date Report Form

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Board Certification in Pastoral Care

The International Association of Christian Chaplains, through a Peer Board Certification Committee, certifies chaplains who have met the personal, academical, pastoral, and professional requirements to the provision of high quality pastoral care. The certificate awarded by IACC attests that a chaplain has been regarded by his or her peers as one who meets high and rigorous professional and pastoral standards.

The board certification denotes a continuous commitment to excellence in providing spiritual services. The International Association of Christian Chaplains believes that the certification is continuing not terminal and contingent on active participation in a Pastoral Cell or Chapter.

 

I. General Requirements

► Actively involved in providing pastoral care that is consistent with a Christian vocation

► Conforming to the Standards and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Christian Chaplains Inc.

► Have submitted a completed official Application Form for membership. Click here to download an official Application Form. Page 1 and Page 2

► Submitted the annual membership dues (U.S. $ 95)

 

II. Ecclesiastical Requirements

► Have ordination, or license to function in a ministry of pastoral care. (Copy of the certificate of a letter of ordination or ministerial license must be submitted along with the official Application Form).

► Have current faith group endorsement or its equivalent. (A recent letter from the endorsing agency must be submitted along with the official Application Form).

Click here to learn more about Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

 

III. Educational Requirements

► Have completed a college degree from an *accredited institution or its equivalent. (Copy of the diploma with final official transcripts needs to be sent to the office of IACC along with the application).
► Have completed formal theological education (e.g., M.Div., Th.M., B.D., Licentiate of Sacred Theology) from accredited institutions or its equivalent. (Copy of the diploma with final official transcripts needs to be sent to the office of IACC along with the application packet).

 

IV. Professional and Clinical Training

► Have completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in the format of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education or The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education.

► Chaplains who are certified by others certifying societies of chaplains may receive certification with the International Association of Christian Chaplains upon submission of certificate or letter of certification along with the official IACC Application Form.

 

V. Ministerial and Pastoral Experience

► Have one year of ministerial experience beyond CPE residency program and beyond completion of formal theological training (e.g., M.Div., Th.M., Licentiate of Sacred Theology, B.D.)

• This ministerial or pastoral experience must be a year of direct ministry with parishioners or clients or patients or residents or inmates or students.
• The pastoral experience in a specialty of pastoral care and counseling may be used toward the one year experience.

 

VI. Peer and Work-supervisor Confirmation of Personal, Pastoral, Professional Competency in Pastoral Care

► A letter of recommendation from a peer or colleague attesting candidates' personal, pastoral and professional competency in pastoral care. (Letter must be addressed to IACC)

► A letter of confirmation from an immediate work-supervisor attesting candidates' personal, pastoral and professional competency in pastoral care. (Letter must be addressed to IACC)

 

VII. Personal and Pastoral Reflections' Essays

► An essay on personal experience related to pastoral calling. (Articulate your philosophy of life, and pastoral calling)

► An essay on human encounters and pastoral events that have shaped applicants' personal life and ministry. (Articulate your understanding of human nature, and your theology of pastoral care).

 

VIII. Clinical Evaluations

► Include Clinical Pastoral Education Final Evaluations from CPE Supervisor(s) and own.

 

IX. Personal Interview with the Peer Board Certification Committee

► Receives confirmation from the Peer Board Certification Committee of the International Association of Christian Chaplains Inc.

► Receives Certificate as Board Certified in Pastoral Care

 

PLEASE MAKE (4) COPIES OF THE ENTIRE APPLICATION PACKET. RETAIN ONE COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS AND SEND THREE COPIES TO: The Peer Board Certification Committee. IACC. 5804 Babcock Rd. PMB. 189. San Antonio, Texas 78240-2134. USA.

Click here to download IACC Standards and Code of Ethics with Acrobat Reader (PDF)

Click here to download the Annual Up-Date Report Form

 

Key Benefits

► Certificate as Board Certified in Pastoral Care
The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling
► Professional Respect and Recognition
► The Pastoral Care "Book of the Year"
► Peer support and encouragement
► Accessibility to the latest news and fines resources available in the chaplaincy field.
► Online list of job opportunities

 


Some of the accrediting educational agencies in the United States of America and Canada

American Association of Bible Colleges
Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council
Association of Theological Schools In the USA and Canada
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools 
National Association of Private, Nontraditional Schools and Colleges 
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 
New England Association of Colleges and Schools 
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges 
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools 
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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Please for more information on membership and certification contact:

The Rev. Paul D. Kraus, D.Min., BCC
Membership Coordinator for IACC.

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