What Is Board-Certification?

Board-certification is the process by which candidates demonstrate their competence, qualifications and ability to function as a professional chaplain. One purpose of board certification is to assure the public and the employing organization that the chaplain has met established national standards for professional competence, and is held to a code of ethics. A second purpose is to promote the continuing education and development of certified spiritual care providers.

Employers Benefit From Board-Certification

Employers who desire to recruit and train highly qualified chaplains find credentialing of professionals at every level of their organizations to be one essential tool for assuring and improving the quality of services provided to their customers. In addition, training and certification from recognized and reliable professional organizations brings the added benefit of promoting accountability to public standards for ethical conduct and professional competence. Today, there is increasing scrutiny to organizations’ understanding of the cultural, spiritual and religious needs of their customers, as well as their capacity to meet those needs.

Requirements for ACI Board Certification

  1. Adventist Chaplaincy Institute Board Certification completed and submitted
  2. Earned graduate theological degree consisting of a minimum 72 hours or 108-quarters hours of credit from an accredited seminary. For Associate Certification, a minimum of 48 hours of credit from an accredited seminary. The Board of Adventist Chaplaincy Certification fully expects that this graduate theological training will be from a Seventh-day Adventist university. If alternatives are presented, they must be accompanied by a written statement documenting the reason for obtaining this training in a non-Adventist setting.
  3. Full Certification – Four (4) or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education that are approved by Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries-General Conference. Associate Certification – Two (2) units
  4. Fulfill the ACI-established competencies.
  5. Documentation of 2,000 hours of chaplaincy employment.
  6. Copy of Current conference-issued ministerial credentials
  7. Letter of support from the chaplain’s home division.
  8. Letter of support from the president of the church organization that issues the chaplain’s ministerial credentials
  9. Letter of support from the chaplain’s employer.
  10. Two additional recommendation letters from peers. One letter should be from a fellow chaplain.
  11. Signed copy of the Code of Ethics for Board-Certified Seventh-day Adventist Chaplains. A downloadable copy is available on this page.
  12. Autobiography outlining Call to Chaplaincy – In 7-10 pages discuss your call to chaplaincy ministry, a description of your personal and spiritual development, and important relationships and events in your life that inform your ministerial practice.
  13. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  14. A written essay for each of the four (4) areas of competency: The list of ACI-required competencies are on pages 13-17 of the ACI Handbook.
    1. Pastoral Care Theology
    2. Professional Identity and Conduct
    3. Professional Pastoral Care
    4. Professional Pastoral Leadership
  15. Two written recent clinical cases (verbatims) to practically demonstrate competencies. The verbatims must be no more than five years old.
  16. Interview with the empaneled ACI Certification Board.

How Do I Apply for Board Certification through Adventist Chaplaincy Institute?

  1. Go to AdventistChaplaincyInstitute.org/BoardCertification
  2. Complete the profile registration form. Your profile request will need to be approved.
  3. Once you receive the profile approval email from ACI,  log in and choose ACM Board Application in the left hand column.
  4. Be prepared to upload the items that must be submitted with your application.
  5. Once you have submitted your application and supporting documentation, your name will be taken to the Adventist Chaplaincy Institute Board-Certification Committee. You will be notified by email once your certification is voted. You will receive a letter, certificate and lapel pin by mail noting your board-certification status.

To download a PDF of the ACI Board-Certification application requirements and instructions, click here.

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To download a copy of the Adventist Chaplaincy Institute Handbook, click here.



Code of Ethics Form (To Download, click here.)

Descargar una copia de la Manual Del Instituto Adventista Capellanía aqui.

Descargar una copia de la Código de Ética Para Capellanes Adventistas del Séptimo Día Certificados aqui.