Becoming a fully Board Certified Chaplain significantly increases the likelihood of securing a professional-level position within the chaplaincy field. Below are the steps to take. Steps 1 and 2 may be done in any order.
To become a Board Certified Chaplain, one must complete all four elements below:
- Apply and complete 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). NYZCCC provides this training.
- Master in Divinity or Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Equivalences for Buddhists (72 credits). NYZCCC provides this through our Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling degree with our partner New York Theological Seminary.
- Complete 2,000 hours after completing your fourth CPE unit (either as a volunteer or paid chaplain).
- Be endorsed by a spiritual tradition. Ordination is not required. NYZCCC teachers may do this for long time NYZCCC members who study Zen closely with the core teachers for the minimum of three years.
If you have completed steps 1-3 above, you then need to complete the APC application, to become a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC).