CHP Certificate

This certificate program is designed to provide those who have already attained a Master’s degree in theological/biblical/Christian studies with the academic knowledge, professional competencies, and necessary credentials for ministry employment as a chaplain, or spiritual care practitioner.

This program prepares students for service in a wide range of Spiritual Health Practitioner (chaplaincy) venues, including health services, corrections, police and emergency service agencies, military chaplaincy, and spiritual care roles in the professional marketplace. The program also augments crisis-care skills and capacity to work effectively in multi-faith environments for individuals engaged in pastoral ministry, work in parachurch agencies, and general Christian service.
Through this certificate the student will:

  • understand the historical and present role of chaplaincy in society, and develop a personal identification with chaplaincy ministry
  • articulate a biblical, integrated, and holistic personal pastoral theology as applied to spiritual care ministry in an intercultural and multifaith environment
  • formulate a theological and operational construct for the role of the Pastor or Chaplain in crisis response;
  • be able to discuss with understanding the dynamics of leadership in Christian Chaplaincy, including matters of scope, method, possibilities and impact of chaplaincy ministry, and guidelines for intervention versus referring or seeking supervision
  • be able to explain and apply basic ethical principles in pastoral care
  • become familiar with, and increasingly proficient in the personal competencies of the professional chaplain, understanding the nature and importance of ‘best practices’ and an ‘outcome oriented’ chaplaincy
  • have an increased understanding of calling, giftedness and equipping for spiritual care ministry, accompanied by personal and spiritual growth that will support an effective spiritual care ministry

  My time at ACTS was one of preparation and tremendous growth. Through my classes, I was able to acquire significant tools that relate to leadership and effective service within multi-faith settings that helped to build up my existing skills. 

– Mike Sanya,
Chaplain, Correctional Services Canada



  • An ATS-accredited (or equivalent) Masters Degree in ministry and/or theological studies. Those who have not completed a Masters Degree should consider the MACS with a specialization in Spiritual Care / Chaplaincy.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must attain a TOEFL score of 100 iBT (with 23 minimum in each category of Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing).
  • Students may request transfer of up to 3-credit hours of CPE training into the certificate program. No other credit transfer or Advanced Standing with Credit will be considered toward the certificate.
  • Completion of 21 hours of study through ACTS.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Full payment of all financial obligations at ACTS.
  • Evidence of consistent Christian character, conduct, and biblical faith and recommendation accordingly by the faculty

Program Requirements

Chaplaincy Certificate