Becoming a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) is the culmination of a long training process. A candidate must be able to demonstrate his/her qualifications and ability to function as a professional chaplain by documenting that s/he meets or exceeds the standards for each of 31 national competencies.
CPE taught you how to be a chaplain. But being able to do the work and being able to articulate what you do at a theoretical level in front of a panel of your peers is another thing entirely.
Format: This is an "asynchronous" online class. This means that a student participates at any time convenient for him/her over a 7 day period – including evenings, mornings and weekends. The hours needed for the course each week for the course include time for: reading, writing, and being involved in online asynchronous group discussions. There is no set time to do the work. However, to learn and interact most effectively, a participant should be able to schedule time throughout the week to work and to be able to be effectively involved with the group discussions, thus the recommendation of it being 3 – 4 days a week.
Length of Course: The course is 8 weeks long and a student should expect to put in between 12 and 15 hours a week. Optional 9th Week - to complete one clinical chaplain contact/verbatim in a format designed specifically for certification (versus formats used for training).
Most Frequently Asked Question Regarding This Course: Is this course now required as part of the certification process? No. This course is in no way required. This course was designed by Chaplain Stephen Roberts, BCC, one of the most senior chaplains in the country, for the same reasons that he created the book Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: to help you as a professional chaplain. This course is intended to dispel much of the mystery out of the certification process; to help you have a working timeline for creating your materials; and to provide you a working cohort of other colleagues in the certification process.
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"I appreciated the structure and general guidance provided for writing my certification materials. This was a plus for me and I was able to accomplish a lot of writing and reflecting. This course delivered on that promise which I am delighted about. Thank you!"
"The online BCC Prep course provided me a learning community of fellow chaplains seeking certification as well as a professional guide and mentor for the process. Through the work I did with the online community and with Roberts' input and feedback, I have gone to a new level of understanding and competency in Spiritual Care. Having finished the course I now have the foundation laid as well as the bulwark of the competencies written for my BCC candidacy. This class has made a huge difference in my preparations."
"I like the logical flow of the content over the weeks and giving us word limits for the answers we wrote."
"I appreciated the feedback from you a great deal."
"At first I was worried about the cost. However, it was well worth the cost."
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"Having finished the course I now have the foundation laid as well as the bulwark of the competencies written for my BCC candidacy. This class has made a huge difference in my preparations." Chaplain Steve