Certification Requirements

The National Association of Jewish Chaplains certifies qualified individuals as Jewish Chaplains. This certification is analogous to the professional recognition by other national pastoral care organizations. Some Jewish Chaplains will seek certification by more than one association depending upon the individual's professional goals.

The individual seeking certification must demonstrate outstanding abilities in the area of Jewish pastoral care. This certification process requires the submission of written materials and an interview with a committee of NAJC Certified Chaplains. The standards for evaluation require advanced training as a Jewish professional and as a pastoral care giver. The full text of these standards can be found in the Certification Handbook.

Rabbis, Cantors, and other Jewish professionals who meet both the Jewish educational requirements and the clinical training standards are eligible for certification. Candidates are required to be NAJC members in good standing for at least one year prior to the committee interview for certification. The Commission on Certification considers special requests concerning educational equivalencies on a case by case basis.

A full copy of the Certification Handbook and Application Form is available on this web site.

The Chair of the Commission on Certification is available for consultation regarding the certification process at certification@najc.org. As well, a mentor may be assigned to the candidate for assistance. Regular updates on the certification process can also be found in the NAJC newsletter.