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The Certification Process

  1. Apply for certification by creating a membership profile and uploading appropriate documentation. Pay the $95 application fee to your partner organization.
  2. Your APPLICATION is reviewed by your organization's Partner Certification Review Committee (PCRC)
  3. When your pplication is approved by the PCRC you become a CANDIDATE for certification. 
  4. Begin creating your PORTFOLIO by uploading assessments, documents and your integration paper.
    Pay the $165 candidacy fee.
  5. When complete, your PORTFOLIO is reviewed by your PCRC. The PCRC may ask for more information or offer guidance to strengthen your portfolio.
  6. Then the portfolio is forwarded to the National Certification Review Committee (NCRC) and then to the Alliance Commission for final approval.


  • Evidence of pastoral ministry experience (minimum 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time)-Resume
  • Official educational and formation program transcripts-each specialization has different theological and specialized formation requirements. See your partner organization list above.
  • Reference letter from supervising pastor (form in DOCUMENT LIBRARY or QUICK LINKS on profile page)
  • Reference letters from two colleagues who have observed you in ministry (forms available in document library)
  • Baptismal certificate/Evidence of full communion with the Catholic Church
  • Ministerial autobiography (instructions in document library)
  • Signed and dated Code of Ethics (form in document library)
  • Evidence of compliance with diocesan safe environment policies and background checks
  • Application fee $95 mailed to your partner organization


  • Self-Assessment
  • Assessment by Pastor or Supervisor (or Bishop if Diocesan role)
  • Assessment by Peer or Colleague
  • Assessment by subordinate staff or volunteer
  • Evidence of Required Education and Formation (from application materials)
  • Documentation of Competence: 4-6 pieces of evidence for each standard and your specialized competency group. (papers, presentations, retreat plans, lesson-plans, meeting agendas, any original work you have done)
  • Integration Paper-rubric provided
  • Any additional requirements set by your organization (recital, project, etc.)