APC, along with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Canadian Association for Spiritual Care / Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) and National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), has approved a set of Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy. Within those standards is a requirement of 50 hours of continuing education and/or professional development to maintain certification as a professional chaplain.
The standard of 50 hours is based on the intention that the common standards should be treated as the basis for the professional functioning of a chaplain. The number of hours and the reporting requirements for other professionals, such as nurses, social workers, dietitian, or counselors, are developed in accordance with the overall scope of the standards for their respective disciplines.
The Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy can be found on the APC Web site under Standards. The standard for continuing education can be found in Section IV: Professional, MNT2: Document fifty (50) hours of annual continuing education.
In addition, APC no longer maintains Certified CEs (CCEs). As a result, a much wider range of activities can potentially count as CEs, whereas colleagues from other disciplines must complete a certain number of pre-approved or certified CEs. This freedom to choose from a wide variety of potential educational opportunities seeks to empower board certified chaplains, provisional certified chaplains and associate certified chaplains to best tailor their individual CEs to address what is most effective and helpful for them.