The Spiritual Care Association offers Chaplain Credentialing and two paths to Board Certified Chaplain. For Chaplains who earn the title of Credentialed Chaplain (CC) this attests to their level of competence in the profession. For Chaplains who have earned or will earn the title of Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) this attests that they have demonstrated competence to perform all of the normal tasks within the scope of practice of chaplains.
The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is aimed at modernizing, standardizing, growing and unifying the profession of chaplaincy and field of spiritual care -- for the benefit of health care settings, providers, and, most of all, patients and their families.
Through our new credentialing and certification process for chaplains, we are opening up the field to include capable and competent chaplains, and we are significantly raising the bar for certification. We will accomplish this through education based on research (evidence) and testing based on knowledge, demonstration of clinical competencies, and skills.
Currently, more than a dozen chaplaincy groups within the U.S. offer varying education/training, research, certification and accreditation. It is time for standardization and objective certification.
SCA's innovative approach to chaplain training, credentialing, certification, and continued education incorporates the desires and issues raised by those of you in the field and thought leaders over decades, and: