1. Submit to all Committee Members and Presenter:
a. Certification Face Sheet (Appendix 2) and required attachments.
b. Personal history paper showing awareness of how student’s: personal/cultural history shapes the practice of ministry; strengths and weaknesses will impact the process of supervision, and religious development has been integrated with self-understanding. What venues of personal growth and personal integration have been helpful to you?
c. A paper reflecting student’s pilgrimage in CPE, demonstrating the evolution of personal and professional integration. Address self- understanding, awareness of learning issues, and the process of professional development. Illustrate specific learning experiences that inform current professional pastoral functioning and potential as a pastoral educator.
d. Clinical presentation (Appendix 3) demonstrating ability to provide effective pastoral/spiritual care and to articulate pastoral and conceptual competence as indicated in Standards 404 and 405. Refer also to Standard 101.5 Confidentiality.
e. Theology/Spiritual Perspective Theory Position Paper – Student must submit the Theology/Spiritual Perspective Theory Position Paper to the Candidacy Committee for consultation at this time. (See Theory Papers).
f. A copy of the customized learning contract signed by the student and supervisor, outlining learning objectives and curriculum items that comprise Certified Educator CPE.
2. Additionally, submit to Presenter only:
a. Signed Attestation of Good Standing form (Appendix 8)
b. Summary reports and presenter’s and committee action reports from readiness consultation and any previous appearances for Candidate status; and
c. All previous student and educator evaluations of CPE. The Candidate and Educator are to submit a set of evaluations for the current unit, even if the 45-day limit (Standard 308.8.1) has not yet been reached. If the CES’s Certified Educator unit has not yet ended, submit a “mid-term” evaluation to reflect the CES’s and educator’s evaluation of the CES’s competence in all areas.
Area Subcommittee Review
3. Subcommittee meeting
a. The applicant meets with a subcommittee of the Area Certification Committee.
b.The applicant’s educator may be present as an observer, at the applicant’s invitation.
4. Subcommittee review – focuses on the applicant’s:
a. understanding of CPE and its history and ethical expectations of ACPE members.
b. demonstration of pastoral competence through the presentation of verbatim material (see Appendix 3) and the degree of personal congruence in meeting the committee.
c. articulation of a mature perspective on the student’s spiritual experience and religious heritage.
d. ability to accurately use theological language that brings a useful perspective to the student’s pastoral relationships.
e. understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses, how these are related to major events of personal history, and how they may affect supervisory functioning.
f. creativity, flexibility and imagination in pastoral ministry functioning.
5. Subcommittee action – determines, based on committee members’ professional opinion and experience, whether the applicant meets the requirements and may begin the certification process. Subcommittee actions include one of the following:
a. Grant Certified Educator Candidate status
b. Deny Certified Educator Candidate status