About Advanced Certification of Hospice Palliative Chaplaincy (ACHPC)
NACC Advanced Certified Hospice Palliative Care (ACHPC) Chaplains are Roman
Catholics who manifest proficiency in utilizing Catholic theology, holistic care, and ethical
principles within interdisciplinary palliative and end-of-life ministry through the
development of specialized competencies in the areas of Theory of Pastoral Care, Identity
and Conduct, Pastoral Skills, and Professional Skills. Advanced Certification is determined
through written materials (see below, CP231.3) and an interview in which an Interview Team
assesses the Applicant’s Competencies for Advanced Certification. At the completion of the
interview, the Interview Team recommends or does not recommend the Applicant to the
Certification Commission for Advanced Certification. It is the decision of the Certification
Commission to certify or not certify. The NACC encourages Applicants for Advanced
Certification to engage in a mentoring relationship with a NACC Advanced Certified
Hospice Palliative Care Chaplain or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor upon
entering the certification process.
- Full or Retired membership in the NACC (Competency 600).
Board Certification as an NACC Chaplain or CPE Supervisor.
- Documentation of at least 500 hours of direct spiritual care ministry dedicated to
hospice or palliative care (e.g., patient and family visits, ethics consultations, family
conferences, medical record documentation).
- Documentation of hospice/palliative care related degrees and/or related continuing
education hours completed over the past two years. The Applicant must have
completed at least 15 hours of continuing education in hospice/palliative care in
each of the last two years. It is strongly recommended that the continuing education
hours demonstrate advanced practice in hospice/ palliative care.
- Documentation of an additional ten (10) hours (not in succession) of direct clinical
supervision or professional consultation regarding his/her personal and professional
growth in hospice or palliative care ministry (conducted by the CPE supervisor or
other member of the interdisciplinary team that provides supervision).
Required Documents for Application
Qualifications and Competencies
Code of Ethics