An “equivalency” indicates a form of education or training that varies from the usual route but complies with national standards established by APC. It enables an individual to qualify for board certified chaplain, provisional certified chaplain or associate certified chaplain status through BCCI. Standards regarding theological education, clinical pastoral education training, and/or work experience as a chaplain, are very specific. Competence in these areas is required.
Note: Your equivalency materials must be reviewed and approved before your application is considered complete and your interview can be scheduled.
Please remember that our equivalency reviewers serve as volunteers. Please allow 180 days for review time, depending on the complexity of submitted equivalency materials.
- Transcript review Form (Word doc)
Use this form to have a review of transcripts if you are unsure they meet the qualifications for certification.
- Graduate Education Equivalency Application (Word doc)
Use this document to guide you through the steps for acquiring an equivalency for graduate education. This form must be submitted with your equivalency materials.
- Resource: Professional Competency Courses
- CPE Equivalency Instructions (Word doc)
Use this document to guide you through the steps for acquiring an equivalency for clinical pastoral education (CPE).
- Equivalency Issues for Buddhist Candidates for Board Certification through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., A White Paper (PDF)
- An informational video about equivalency is below.
If you have any questions regarding the certification process, please contact the national office at 847.240.1014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications and Forms
- BCCI Application Materials
- Candidate Resources
- Common Qualifications and Competencies
- FAQs Regarding Certification
- Interview Calendar
- Interview Committee Resources
- Subsequent Appearance
- Qualifications for Board Certified & Associate Certified Chaplains