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Certification at CSCPF

Certification is one of the most fundamental activities of our organization, and it is rooted in the Practitioner Community. See below for specific guides on achieving various categories of certification at CSCPF.

The Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation offers internationally recognized Certification for qualified individuals in the following areas: 


More help and specific information may be found in the Certification Standards Excerpts for the category of certification being sought and the documents, 9 Steps to a Successful CSCPF Certification and 7 Steps to a Successful CSCPF Reciprocal Certification.

You must be an Individual Member of both CSCPF and a Practitioner Community for a minimum of 6 months, as well as meet the General and Specific Requirements for the Certification Category before you can apply for certification.

Certification Support

Certification support can be found within the candidate's Practitioner Community. Please contact your Practitioner Community Liaison for specific assistance.

Other Certification questions can be brought to the CSCPF Certification Team. They can be reached at 925-658-5740, option 4, or with any questions.

The CSCPF Certification Circle of Commissioned Certification Review Liaisons (CRL) is intended to help CSCPF Practitioner Communities achieve a highly formative, quality, and integral certification experience. While the CSCPF Certification Circle offers review and consult to Practitioner Communities, Practitioner Communities exercise autonomy in reviewing the competence of their candidates.

Commissioned Review Liaisons are commissioned by CSCPF to focus on maintaining the integrity and quality of the certification process within each Practitioner Community. More information on CRLs can be found HERE

Certification Category Standards

Clinical Chaplain / Spiritual Care Practitioner
Certification Standards Excerpt-BCCC/BCSCP (Click HERE for printable version)
  • Standards 
  • Requirements 
  • Competencies
  • Checklist

Associate Clinical Chaplain / Associate Spiritual Care Practitioner
Certification Standards Excerpt - BCAC/BCASC (Click HERE for printable version)
  • Standards
  • Requirements
  • Competencies 
  • Checklist 

Pastoral Counselor / Spiritual Care Counselor
Certification Standards Excerpt - BCPC/BCSCC (Click HERE for printable version)
  • Standards 
  • Requirements 
  • Competencies
  • Checklist
Associate Pastoral Counselor / Associate Spiritual Care Counselor
Certification Standards Excerpt - BCAPC/BCASCC (Click HERE for printable version)
  • Standards 
  • Requirements 
  • Competencies
  • Checklist

Clinical Specialist: Palliative/Hospice Care
Certification Standards - CSPHC (Click HERE for printable version)
  • Standards 
  • Requirements 
  • Competencies
  • Checklist

Pastoral Psychotherapist (pending publication), 

Supervisor - Clinical Pastoral Education / Formation (pending publication), 

Supervisor - Pastoral Psychotherapy (pending publication), 

Reciprocal Certification
Certification Standards Excerpt-Reciprocal  (Click HERE for printable version)
  • Standards 
  • Requirements 
  • Checklist

CSCPF Online Forms

(Please Note: You must be logged in as a member to access these forms AND pay your fees. The payment process in embedded in each specific Online Form as applicable.)
For a Certification process initiated and paid AFTER 9/1/17 
(You must fill out each form and pay both fees. The Application for Certification states your intention to begin the Certification process and notifies CSCPF. The Request for Certification establishes that you have met all the requirements and have passed your Readiness Review.):
The following forms are to be used at the completion of the Certification Review Board:

 SCHEDULE of FEES Rates, as of
 (Renews Sept 1st each year)
 All Individual Members/All Levels/All Categories* $150.
  (*Hardship requests explored on a per case basis)
  (Please Note: If you are joining us & are certified with
   another cognate group, you must apply for Reciprocal Certification.)

 Application for Certification $ 75.
 Application for RECIPROCAL Certification - Clinical Specialist:
 Palliative-Hospice Care (until 4-30-2018)
$ 25.
 Request for Certification (Rate includes $150 to Review Liaison)
 Request for RECIPROCAL Certification - Clinical Specialist:
 Palliative-Hospice Care (until 4-30-2018)
$ 50.
 Additional Certification Category Fee
 (During same Certification Review Board)
$ 50.

 Recertification Fee
 (Payable every 5 years, single or multi-category)
 Replacement Certificates (each)
$ 25.

Please call 925-658-5740, option 1, if you have questions about anything on this form.

Payment terms - Fees are due with the online submission of the application.
If you need a different payment alternative, please call 925-658-5740 option 1.

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