APPLICATION FOR NAVAC BOARD CERTIFIED CHAPLAIN
Qualifications for BCC:
1. Possession of a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from an institution recognized by the Department of Education.
2. Completion of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education from a training organization accredited by the United States Department of Education.
3. Current Ecclesiastical Endorsement from an endorsing body recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
4. Three years of full-time professional ministry experience.
A. Professional ministry experience is paid work in any ministry context, i.e., Spiritual Director / Counselor, Chaplain, Pastor, etc…
B. Part-time work is calculated to a three-year equivalency, i.e., if you work half-time for six years that is a three-year equivalent.
C. Of those three years, 2 years must be in the role of a professional chaplain.
D. Full-time GS-9 VA Staff Chaplains who have completed their 1-year probationary period may apply for BCC.
E. Chaplains who have completed a full-year VA-sponsored Chaplain Fellowship may apply for BCC. (This is not a 2nd year of a CPE residency.)
5. Yes______ /No______: I have completed at least 5 hours of reading in any of the following: Published research findings, professional chaplain journals, and other Chaplain care articles.
6. Completion of the entire application package.
7. Completion of an interview by a peer review panel to ascertain competency in Pastoral, Personal, and Professional areas.
A. You must first become a Professional Chaplain Member before your BCC application will be processed. If you are not a member of NAVAC you will need to fill out the Professional Chaplain Member application and remit with appropriate fees.
B. The application for Board Certification is sent to the Chairman of the Board of Directors along with a $100.00 one-time, non-refundable application fee.
C. Once your application is complete send it to the Chairman of the Certification Committee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that your application is complete. Please do not send bits and pieces of the application. Send the entire application as one package.
D. A convener is selected, who then selects three Board Certified Chaplains and up to three persons from other disciplines to serve in the interview process, known as the “peer review”.
i. Dues paying chaplains from APC, NCVACC, NACC, VA Black Chaplains, VA Jewish Chaplains, and CPE Educators may be invited to assist in panels.
ii. Only the NAVAC BCC members of such panels are voting members of the panel.
E. If the interview process is positive, the convener will notify the Chair of Certification. The Chair then notifies the Board of Directors who vote on the recommendation. Only the Board of Directors can approve a recommendation for Board Certified Chaplain.
F. If the interview is negative, the Interview Panel notifies the Chair of the Certification Committee that certification is not recommended or that they recommend deferral. If a deferral is recommended, they may require the candidate to complete additional work before making a positive recommendation. If their recommendation is to not confer BCC status, the candidate will be given time to appeal that decision.
G. You MAY send in your Professional Clinical Member Application at the same time as your BCC application.
REQUESTING RECIPROCITY / EQUIVALENT CERTIFICATION WITH NAVAC
We do offer reciprocity and equivalent certifications. Fill out only the contact information, educational information, and endorsement information. Send that along with the $100 fee and documentation showing that you are currently BCC with that organization. As always you must also be a Professional Clinical Member of NAVAC.
We also offer equivalency for ACPE Educators. If you are a full ACPE Educator fill out the contact information, educational information, and endorsement information. Send that along with proof that you are currently an ACPE Supervisor, a copy of your Ecclesiastical Endorsement, and the $100 application fee. As always you must also be a Professional Clinical Member of NAVAC.
APPLICATION FOR NAVAC BOARD CERTIFIED CHAPLAIN OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
This is the first page of your BCC Application.
Please do not submit any original documents. Send Only Singled-Sided, 8 ½ x 11 size paper.
Please do not staple or place in a binder.
1. PERSONAL INFORMATION
Home Mailing Address:
NAVAC Member: Yes/No If you are not a member of NAVAC you will need to fill out the Professional Clinical Member application and include $30.00 application fee.
2. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Name of Endorser:
Date of Endorsement:
Include a copy of your endorsement
4. PROVIDE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF YOUR FAITH JOURNEY. (Not to exceed two typewritten pages. Please use a common business / professional 12-point font such as Courier, Arial, or Times New Roman)
5. INCLUDE A CURRENT RESUME. (not to exceed five typewritten pages)
6. SUBMIT COMPETENCIES AS PER APPLICATION.
7. PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION IN CONTINUING EDUCATION RELATED TO CHAPLAINCY.
8. PROVIDE AN ORGANIZATIONAL CHART OF THE SETTING IN WHICH YOU NOW SERVE.
9. PROVIDE CURRENT VERBATIMS (experiences within the last three months)
10. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION
A. Provide a current letter of ecclesiastical endorsement.
B. Provide a letter from the Supervisor of Chaplains at the VA where you are employed.
C. Provide two letters of recommendation from currently active NAVAC Board Certified
Chaplains or chaplains certified from organizations with whom NAVAC has reciprocal certification.
D. Provide CPE evaluations.
E. Provide documentation of 4 units of CPE.
F. Provide two current verbatims (from an experience within the last three months).
11. WRITING ASSIGNMENT: DEMONSTRATION OF BCC COMPETENCIES:
(Four Essays each to be 4 to 6 pages)
This requirement will be presented to the BCC review board the philosophy and practice of
your ministry as a chaplain. It is important that you show your understanding and
integration of each of these competency sections in the way that you conduct spiritual
care to patients. Your BCC review board will be looking for a sense of balance between
your theory of ministry and the way you work with patients at your facility.
All competencies must be demonstrated individually in four essays each covering a
competency section (ITP, PIC, PPS, OL). All competencies except PIC8 and PIC9 must
be addressed in one of the four competency essays. Page length for all sections must be
no less than four (4) and no more than six (6) pages in length. Each essay must be
double-spaced, in twelve-point (12-point) font, and one-inch (1-inch) margins. Essays are
to be written at a graduate level. It is recommended that the applicant is explicit about
which competency they are addressing throughout the four essays.
Writing Assignment instructions:
Section I: Integration of Theory and Practice Competencies (ITP)
ITP1 Articulate an approach to spiritual care, rooted in one’s faith/spiritual tradition that is integrated with a theory of professional practice.
ITP2 Incorporate a working knowledge of psychological and sociological disciplines and religious beliefs and practices in the provision of spiritual care.
ITP3 Incorporate the spiritual and emotional dimensions of human development into one’s practice of care.
ITP4 Incorporate a working knowledge of different ethical theories appropriate to one’s professional context.
ITP5 Articulate a conceptual understanding of group dynamics and organizational behavior.
ITP6 Articulate how primary research and research literature inform the profession of chaplaincy and one’s spiritual care practice.
Section II: Professional Identity and Conduct Competencies (PIC)
PIC1 Be self-reflective, including identifying one’s professional strengths and limitations in the provision of care.
PIC2 Articulate ways in which one’s feelings, attitudes, values, and assumptions affect professional practice.
PIC3 Attend to one’s own physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
PIC4 Functions in a manner that respects the physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual boundaries of others.
PIC5 Use one’s professional authority as a spiritual care provider appropriately.
PIC6 Advocate for the persons in one’s care.
PIC7 Function within the Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Clinical Pastoral Educators, and Students.
To be met during your BCC review:
PIC8 Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
PIC9 Present oneself in a manner that reflects professional behavior, including appropriate attire, and
Section III: Professional Practice Skills Competencies (PPS)
PPS1 Establish, deepen and conclude professional spiritual care relationships with sensitivity, openness,
PPS2 Provide effective spiritual support that contributes to well-being of the care recipients, their families and
PPS3 Provide spiritual care that respects diversity and differences including, but not limited to culture.
gender, sexual orientation and spiritual/religious practices.
PPS4 Triage and manage crises in the practice of spiritual care.
PPS5 Provide spiritual care to persons experiencing loss and grief.
PPS6 Provide religious/spiritual resources appropriate to the care recipients, families, and staff.
PPS7 Develop, coordinate, and facilitate public worship/spiritual practices appropriate to diverse settings and
PPS8 Facilitate theological/spiritual reflection for those in one’s care practice.
PPS9 Facilitate group processes, such as family meetings, post trauma, staff debriefing, and support groups.
PPS10 Formulate and utilize spiritual assessments, interventions, outcomes, and care plans in order to
Contribute effectively to the well-being of the person receiving care.
PPS11 Document one’s spiritual care effectively in the appropriate records. Section
Section IV: Organizational Leadership Competencies (OL)
OL1 Promote the integration of spiritual care into the life and service of the institution in which one functions.
OL2 Establish and maintain professional and interdisciplinary relationships.
OL3 Understand and function within the institutional culture and systems, including utilizing business
principles and practices appropriate to one’s role in the organization.
OL4 Promote, facilitate, and support ethical decision-making in one’s workplace.
OL5 Foster a collaborative relationship with community clergy and faith group leaders.
Time Frame for Certification:
As NAVAC Certification Committee members are generally full-time VA Professional Chaplains, please expect that the certification process may take as long as 30 days for CCC applications and 90 days for BCC applicants once the completed application packets are received.
Send the completed Checklist and application with all attachments.
To Submit your application, please scan your BCC application into a PDF file and email it to:
Chaplain David Lefavor
NAVAC Certification Committee Chairman
Send the $100 application fee to:
P.O. Box 1631
Newport News, VA 23601
Please note that:
NAVAC is a private organization that serves the certification needs of VA Chaplains and those interested in VA Chaplaincy. As such, we are not an extension of the VA though we follow many of the guidelines used by the VA. It is our goal to provide you with a collegial process to meet your certification needs. Any disagreements with NAVAC decisions should be handled directly with NAVAC.