Since 2004 the NACC has collaborated with other professional chaplaincy cognate associations (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Professional Chaplain, Canadian Association of Spiritual Care, and Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains) to develop, share, and revise the Common Qualifications and Competencies (CQC’s) for Professional Chaplaincy Certification. This common commitment to the highest standards of the chaplaincy profession grounds and guides this strong collaboration.
Common Qualifications and Competencies (CQC’s)
The NACC further added to the (CQC’s) specific Catholic competencies based on the USCCB National Certification Standards (NCS) and already approved in 2014 by the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service in order to ensure that our board certified members understand, embrace, live the chaplaincy profession as a ministry of the Church.
USCCB National Certification Standards (NCS)
These NACC additions to the CQC’s are highlighted in yellow in this document.
NACC Certification Qualifications and Competencies
You can also view how the NACC Certification Competencies align with the four pillars of the USCCB NCS.
NACC Certification Competencies aligned with USCCB NCS
Finally, here is a background article on the revision of the 2004 Common Standards for Certification were revised in 2016 to become the Common Qualifications and Competencies.
Common Qualifications and Competencies are ready to go – by David Lichter, Executive Director