- Undergraduate degree from a CHEA-member organization accredited college or university. If
the undergraduate degree is unaccredited, a CHEA accredited school must attest to the
acceptance of the degree as a prerequisite for graduate studies or the application cannot be
- A second undergraduate degree in theological, religious or spiritual studies assessed at a ratio of
2:1 for undergraduate to graduate semester credits up to 15 credits.
- Degrees in other fields based on their efficacy in the work of professional chaplaincy and/or
supervisory clinical pastoral education to fulfill the academic qualification standards for
- Chaplaincy, religious, or spiritual professional experience will be assessed up to 15 semester
credits (45 hours of experience documented in such a way that it shows educational learning will
be equal to one semester hour; e.g., 200 hrs of sacred text study in preparation of 20 sermons or
books read in preparation of teaching at professional level will equal 4.4 semester hours, not just
preached 20 sermons or conducted a Sunday school class.)
- Professional continuing education will be assessed at a ratio of 100 contact hours equaling one
semester hour (100:1) of credit up to 15 semester credits.
- Three units of CPE beyond the four required by APC for certification will be granted five
semester credits each up to 15 semester credits.
- Professional publication and teaching of chaplaincy, religious, and spiritual care and education
hours at ratio 100:1 up to 15 semester credits.
- Professional attestation by an ACPE Supervisor or Board Certified Chaplain who has served on
certification committees and has known the applicant professionally for at least two years will be
assessed as a qualifier for educational equivalency for up to 15 semester hours.