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Professional Standards


The Association of Professional ChaplainsTM is committed to standards for professional competence, practice and ethical conduct. These standards support and promote excellent chaplaincy care of individuals, families, staff, organizations and communities.

Standards for Professional Competence
Together with its organizational partners, APCTM has established Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy. Chaplains must demonstrate that they meet these standards for professional knowledge and skills to become certified through APC’sTM affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® (BCCI®).

Professional Ethics
APCTM is dedicated to high standards of professional conduct. Each certified chaplain must adhere to the APCTM Code of Ethics. Foundational to the code is commitment to accountability for ethical behavior by professional chaplains. The people served by certified chaplains can expect interactions based upon the standards of the  APC Code of Ethics.

Standards of Practice for Professional Chaplains
Working with its organizational partners, APCTM has established Standards  of Practice for Professional Chaplains. These standards are authoritative statements describing the responsibilities for which chaplains are accountable. They provide direction for professional practice and a framework for the evaluation of practice. They are also meant to assist the public, related professions and regulatory bodies with understanding the practice of professional chaplaincy.