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Certification Requirements by Partner Organization
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Each partner organization of the Alliance has established SPECIALIZED COMPETENCIES and specific PORTFOLIO requirements for certification.  Please choose the appropriate organization see the requirements and special competencies.

Remember, you you can seek certification in a specialization even if your role or job title does not match exactly.  In ministry, we serve under various titles and wear many "hats".  For example, you may be titled as a pastoral associate but be responsible for catechesis or music or youth ministry. You may be called a Director of Faith Formation  instead of a DRE. Choose the certification that best matches your formation and ministerial experience.

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC)

_    Diocesan Director of Worship–DW

_    Parish Director of Liturgy-DL


 National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM)

  _    Parish Life Coordinator–PLC

_    Pastoral Associate–PA

_    Parish Business Manager-PBM


National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)

_    Director of Music Ministries–DMM


National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

_    Parish Catechetical Leader–PCL

_    Parish Director of Evangelization-PDE


National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

_    Youth Ministry Leader-YML

_    Youth Ministry Leader, including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana-YMLPJH

_    Youth Ministry Leader including High School Campus Ministry LeaderYMLCM

_    Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader, including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana–DYML


You do not need them all upon initial registration. You will be able to log on and upload at anytime after your register on the site.

  • Evidence of pastoral ministry experience (minimum 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time)-Resume
  • Official educational and formation program transcripts
  • Reference letter from supervising pastor (forms available in application)
  • Reference letters from two colleagues who have observed you in ministry (forms available)
  • Baptismal certificate/Evidence of full communion with the Catholic Church
  • Ministerial autobiography (instructions in application)
  • Signed and dated Code of Ethics (form in application)
  • Evidence of compliance with diocesan safe environment policies and background checks
  • Application fee $95 mailed to your partner organization