SCA Membership is a vital resource for professionals, clergy and organizations interested in spiritual care


SCA Learning Center with evidence-based curriculum


SCA Advanced Practice Board Certification, Board Certification, and Credentialing for Chaplains

Making Spiritual Care a Priority

The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care.


SCA News Update

SCA launches new Hospice Division to focus on the spiritual dimension of professional hospice practice.    

New Specialty Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care (APBCC-HPC) Now Available.    

SCA unveils new University of Theology and Spirituality, offering accredited degree programs in Ministry and Chaplaincy, Multi-faith Studies, and Spiritual Care.    

Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC) – SCA Leads the Chaplaincy Profession with the only Certification Standards Backed by Knowledge Testing and Competency Examination    

Important Facts About the Spiritual Care Association    

Membership Is Open to:

All individuals and organizations committed to the delivery of optimal spiritual care, as a vital component of whole person care. We offer three categories of membership, with specialized sub-categories:

Professional Membership

With the following sub-categories:

  • Health Care Chaplains
  • First Responder Chaplains
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • E.M.S. Chaplains
  • Military Chaplains
  • Corrections Chaplains
  • Corporate Chaplains

Clergy Membership

For Community Clergy and Religious Leaders

Organizational Membership

For Organizations and Institutions


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What SCA Offers Members

Engages and offers education to multiple interest groups so more people in need receive effective spiritual care
Opens access to new evidence-based knowledge base: Online Learning Center
Provides valuable resources to contribute significantly to career development
Creates a powerful voice for spiritual care
Offers new paths for chaplaincy credentialing and board certification


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SCA University of Theology and Spirituality

Offering Quality Online Degree Programs

Ministry and Chaplaincy
Multi-faith Studies
Spiritual Care
Religious Education
Spiritual Direction

The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality was created to help ministry professionals, chaplains, nurses, social workers, first responders, and others to advance their spiritual training and earn their degrees.

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Caring to the Human Spirit Conference


Join us for our best conference yet!
You won't want to miss it...
Keynote Speaker: Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
Five Plenary Sessions and Over 35 Workshops
Exclusive SCA Member Events
Networking Opportunities
Tours of Santa Fe
And so much more!

Chaplaincy Management Training Program

4-month program for current or aspiring directors of chaplaincy departments
Gain the knowledge and experiential tools to lead successful chaplaincy departments
Next cohort begins September 2019. Registration now open.
Successful candidates will receive the Chaplaincy Management Certificate


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SCA Proudly Introduces the Launch of its Newest Divisions

As the Spiritual Care Association continues to grow and expand, we continue to offer our members with highly-specialized services tailored to their particular industry. Through the SCA Divisions, we are able to provide our members a platform to network among themselves and access their specialized member benefits.

HCCN Chaplains
First Responders

Social Workers

Social Workers

Spiritual Care Resources

Social Workers




Gain a Powerful Voice for Advocacy

SCA is leading the grassroots, national and global, multidisciplinary advocacy effort that:

Is uniting the voices of individual and organizational members to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care so that more people receive the help they need
Empowers chaplains
Gives chaplains a seat “at the table” when major decisions are being made about policy and reimbursement for inpatient, outpatient and home care
Thanks chaplains and other involved members of the interdisciplinary health care team for their extraordinary work by creating and publicizing the new annual Spiritual Care Day
(May 10)
Sign Petition: Tell Congress That 'Spiritual Care Matters'


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Advocay Bullhorn

Chaplain Credentialing and Certification

Credentialed Chaplain: Anyone currently working as a chaplain but is not board certified and meets SCA’s requirements merits the title of Credentialed Chaplain (CC)
Board Certified Chaplain: SCA offers two paths to Board Certification
Advanced Board Certified Chaplain: The APBCC represents a significantly higher bar than any other BCC process


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