Certification

CPSP offers certification to qualified individuals in the following areas: 

  • Diplomate in CPE/CPT Supervision
  • Diplomate in Pastoral Psychotherapy
  • Board Certified Clinical Chaplain
  • Board Certified Associate Clinical Chaplain
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Associate Pastoral Counselor
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Associate Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Clinically Trained Minister


Standards for certification include standards that are common to all CPSP certifications as well as standards that are unique to each level of certification. Some of the requirements are objective. Other requirements are matters of subjective judgment regarding a candidate’s level of functioning. In general it should be clearly understood that;

        1. The certification process always emphasizes a candidate’s ability to demonstrate the kind of profound personal and professional competence essential for clinical work in interpersonal relationships; 
        2. The completion of formal requirements is always seen in relation to such a demonstrated ability to function; and 
        3. Certification is always a matter of judgment of one’s professional peers who are delegated representatives of CPSP.

If you have any questions about certification, please contact Jonathan Freeman, Certification Team Chair, or Krista Argiropolis, Administrative Coordinator.