SCA Leads the Chaplaincy Profession with the Only Certification Standards Backed by Knowledge Testing and Competency Examination

Currently, more than a dozen chaplaincy groups within the U.S. offer varying education/training, however, no other organization that trains and certifies chaplains can demonstrate the use of a standardized, evidence-based curriculum nor the scoring of knowledge and competency tests. This is the SCA difference, and represents a higher bar than any other chaplain certification process.

Our Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test and Standardized Patient Exam:

  • Brings to the profession of health care chaplaincy the same rigor in education, training and testing demanded by other health care disciplines
  • Establishes the framework for an ongoing process of implementation, research and quality improvement


 Evidence Based


Using this groundbreaking and transforming evidence-based model, SCA offers three types of certification:

Chaplain Credentialing (CC): For Chaplains who earn the title of Credentialed Chaplain (CC) this attests to their level of competence in the profession. Requirements for CC To Apply for CC


Board Certified Chaplain (BCC): For Chaplains who have earned or will earn the title of Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) this attests that they have demonstrated competence to perform all of the normal tasks within the scope of practice of chaplains. Requirements for BCC To Apply for BCC


Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC): For Chaplains who have demonstrated advanced skills in the provision of and leadership in spiritual and chaplaincy care by successfully completing a standardized test of core knowledge derived from evidence-based quality indicators for spiritual care as well as a simulated patient exam that evaluates competency in direct patient care. Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplains (APBCC) have been trained and tested in standardized curriculum based on the latest evidence in areas including department management, HIPAA regulations, the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of spiritual distress, cultural competency, advance care directives, patient clinical care, staff support, grief, and bereavement among other essential topics. Requirements for APBCC To Apply for APBCC


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