(1) educate about issues of professional ethics and
(2) establish orderly and fair processes for adjudicating complaints of ethical violations (ACPE Code of Professional Ethics) made against ACPE members or ACPE Centers or Satellite Programs or national ACPE entities. Rulings of the PEC are final and binding for ACPE.


  • Educate ACPE members, consumers and other interested persons about ethical Clinical Pastoral Education according to ACPE standards; inform persons of ACPE procedures to resolve complaints; participate with other ACPE Commissions in processes and projects to maximize performance according to ACPE Standards within the organization and in CPE practice.
  • Adjudicate cases and appeals on grounds specified by ACPE.
  • Impose and monitor sanctions according to the processes of ACPE.
  • Receive and process referrals from the Emergency Review Committee, other Commissions, the ACPE Executive Director, of allegations of ethical or felonious misconduct by ACPE members or entities.


The PEC has final authority to determine whether violations of ACPE ethics standards have occurred and to recommend sanctions.


The PEC is comprised of twelve members and the chair. Preference will be given to people with training in the ACPE/APC or Ethics Codes and Procedures. Additional training in professional ethics and/or fair process procedures is highly valued.