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Frequently Asked Questions
What is certification?
- A voluntary process that enables one to document professional competency in the field of Catholic campus ministry.
- A credential granted by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service (formerly the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation).
Why should I be certified?
- Certification recognizes ministerial competence.
- A certified campus minister enhances credibility within the college or university and is established as a professional among faculty, staff, administration and other religious denominations on campus.
- Certification demonstrates to the college or university community a commitment to excellency in ministry.
- Certification advances the future of campus ministry as a profession.
- Certification clarifies your personal mission as a campus minister.
What do I need to become certified?
- Two years full-time or five years part-time experience in campus ministry.
- An advanced degree (beyond bachelor).
- At least 18 graduate credits in theology from an accredited college or university.
- Membership in CCMA.
How do I begin the certification process?
- Contact CCMA's National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a certification kit.
How long will the certification process take?
- If you already meet the requirements for certification you can complete your application within a few hours or days.
- If you are missing one or more of the requirements you can complete the process within a semester.
Is there someone who can help me?
- When you contact CCMA we will put you in touch with a fellow campus minister in your region who serves on the certification committee.
I've been in campus ministry a long time – can I be grandparented into certification?
- No, but there is a campus ministry Peer Review Process that satisfies the Supervised Ministry Experience requirement, designed specifically for veteran campus ministers with five years full-time or seven years part-time experience.
Does my Supervised Ministry Experience have to be in campus ministry?
- No, any documented, supervised ministry experience can fulfill this requirement.
How long does certification last?
- Your certification is valid for seven years and is renewable every seven years thereafter.
What do I have to do to renew my certification?
- Once you are certified, keep track of your professional development experiences. After seven years CCMA will send a form for you to document and review these experiences. The entire renewal process can be completed within a few hours.
I'm ordained/religious - why should I go through the certification process?
- Certification demonstrates collegiality and competency specifically in campus ministry.
Can I lose my certification?
- CCMA reserves the right to revoke certification if professional ethics are violated.
As a diocesan director of campus ministry why should I encourage my campus ministers to be certified?
- Certification advances the future of Catholic campus ministry as a profession.
Certification as a Professional Campus Minister
In 1993 the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) began implementation of a professional certification program for its members. Certification is a distinction for a campus minister signifying a high level of competence, as well as significant personal, theological and spiritual reflection. Certification is valid for seven years.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service (formerly the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation) has approved the certification standards and procedures of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association for Catholic Campus Ministers through 2016. The USCCB Subcommittee national office is located at 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017 (202.541.3154). For more information go to: www.usccb.org/certification.
Prerequisites to Certification
- An advanced degree beyond bachelor degree level in theology, religious studies or pastoral ministry -OR- An advanced degree beyond bachelor degree level in a field other than theology, religious studies or pastoral ministry, plus 18 graduate credits in theology, religious studies or pastoral ministry from an accredited college or university. Need graduate credits? Click here for help!
- Two years’ full-time professional experience in campus ministry or five years part-time. This experience must be in a college or university environment.
- Current membership in the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA).
- Be able to obtain an Ecclesial endorsement. The USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service defines this as formal recognition by a bishop in the diocese of a candidate’s residence, a candidate’s major superior if the candidate is a member of a religious order, or a candidate’s ordinary if a candidate is a diocesan priest, that a person is a Roman Catholic in good standing and approved for ministry.
- Demonstration of Professional Competency in campus ministry. This can be demonstrated in many ways including but not limited to the following:
- Any prior supervised ministry experience, including those in other pastoral ministry settings. One semester of 400 hours of ministry under supervision is required.
- A supervised ministry experience in your current ministry position that you create. This learning experience must include the development of learning objectives and be evaluated and documented by a supervisor that you select. Your regional representative from the Certification Committee can help you design this process.
- One unit of Clinical Pastoral Evaluation (CPE).
- A field internship in pastoral ministry.
- Peer Review Process (for campus ministers with greater than five years full-time or seven years part-time professional campus ministry experience). The peer review is an informal collegial discussion about the campus minister's experience of ministry in higher education. The instructions for the Peer Review Process are included in the Certification Kit.
Please consult your certification regional representative or the national office with any questions.
Request a Certification Kit
If you meet the prerequisites above, please contact us for a detailed Certification Kit!
Catholic Campus Ministry Association
330 West Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45215
Attention Campus Ministers Certified or Renewed in 2010!
Your certification expires December 31, 2017. Please begin your renewal process by returning the Renewal of Certification forms to the national office. Keep your status current by simply downloading the form below and submit it to the national office at CCMA Certification Renewal, 330 W. Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215, or fax to 513.842.0171. Please contact Chrysta Bolinger at 513.842.0167or email@example.com with any questions.