For all CPE Programs

An applicant’s suitability for admission to any CPE program is a matter of professional judgment by the ACPE accredited center in accordance with its admission policies. Requirements for admission to CPE programs include but are not limited to:

  • a completed ACPE application.
  • an admission interview with a qualified interviewer, for persons applying for an initial unit of CPE, to determine readiness for clinical learning.
  • either graduation from high school/completion of a GED or ordination by a religious/spiritual tradition or commission to function in spiritual care by an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE.
  • fulfillment of education or experience requirements established by the ACPE accredited center.
  • a signed Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form

Additional requirements for Certified Educator Programs

Please note that there are two parts to the Admission Process for Certified Educator Programs: Local center admission and the ACPE Certification Process.

  • A completed Application for Certified Educator Programs
  • College graduation
  • Graduate theological degree or its equivalent
  • Ordination or commissioning to function as a spiritual care provider by an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE
  • Endorsement/statement of accountability from an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four units of Level I/Level II CPE
  • Demonstration of spiritual care and conceptual competence as evidenced by the attainment/completion of Level I/Level II Outcomes
  • Evaluation of the competencies for admission to a Certified Educator Program