A unit of CPE is comprised of 400 hours. Completion of 400 hours is registered as 1 credit of CPE in the ACPE database.

A unit includes a minimum of 100 hours of structured group and individual education and a minimum of 250 hours of supervised clinical practice in spiritual care. While individual centers must meet these minimum hour requirements, they may utilize the remaining 50 hours as best supports their program. The syllabus for the unit should provide a breakdown of the hours for each component.

A half-unit of CPE is comprised of 240 hours. Completion of 240 hours is registered as .5 credit of CPE in the ACPE database.

A half-unit includes a minimum of 60 hours of structured group and individual education and a minimum of 155 hours of supervised clinical practice in spiritual care. While individual centers must meet these minimum hour requirements, they may utilize the remaining 25 hours as best supports their program. The syllabus for the unit should provide a breakdown of the hours for each component.

For both a unit or a half-unit, centers are expected to demonstrate how they utilize the total number of hours and should specify which hours of related activities are included in the unit and which are not (i.e. orientation, overnight on-call, etc). See Standard 2 for more information

Just as in the professional world, where requirements and obligations sometimes go beyond the “regular” day for spiritual caregivers, so too does this occur for CPE students. In limited cases, a student may be required to complete additional hours due to scheduling, extenuating circumstances, or certain events that necessitate the role of a spiritual caregiver.

It is important to note that a student who is an employee of the accredited center, e.g. a resident, or who receives a stipend for their participation in the unit, may be obligated to additional hours beyond the 240 or 400 hours as a condition of their employment.