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Important BCCI Policy and Procedure Updates

 

APC Forum, September 2019, Vol. 21 No. 5


It has been a very busy year for the BCCI Commission on Certification.  As always we are constantly reevaluating our policies and procedures for our board and associate certification process and in so doing we have created some new and important policies that we want to make sure we communicate far and wide.  These changes are important to you if you are an applicant or candidate for certification, if you serve on certification committees, if you are a mentor for someone applying for certification, or if you are a chaplain who is ever asked about procedures for certification.  So basically, if you are reading this article, it applies to you! 
Here are the changes and additions we want you to know about:
  1. Policy and Procedure for Provisional Board and Associate Certified Chaplains with Subsequent Appearance
Candidates who are provisionally certified who need to come back for a subsequent appearance, may now choose to meet their second or third committee via video conferencing.  A committee will be put together and meet with a candidate on a Zoom video call at a designated time.  Fees for this process will be less than meeting in person.  Candidates who choose this option must have a webcam available to them, it will not be an option to call in on the phone.  If you are interested in this option, please call the APC/BCCI office for more information.
  1. Policy and Procedure for Candidates who receive Certification Not Recommended
If a candidate who comes to a certification committee and does not meet 17 or more competencies (just over half of the 31 competencies) and/or if they make a statement during the committee that is a direct violation of the APC Code of Ethics, they will be given the result of Certification Not Recommended. 
If a candidate is given Certification Not Recommended, they will need to resubmit all of their materials for certification and meet a new committee for all 31 competencies.
The change made is designating the actual number of competencies at 17 or more rather than leaving Certification Not Recommended open to interpretation by individual committees.
  1. Policy and Procedure for Instances of Plagiarism
All material submitted by the candidate must be original and written by the candidate.  Plagiarism of any form will not be tolerated.
Plagiarism will be defined as:
  • Submitting someone else's work as your own.
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit.
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks.
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation.
  • Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit.
  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.
Plagiarism will be subject to a review by the APC Professional Ethics Committee in consultation with the BCCI Commission on Certification. If found in violation, the candidate will be withdrawn from the certification process for at least one year.
 
  1. Policy and Procedure for Applicants , Candidates, and Committee Members Who Conduct Themselves in an Unprofessional and/or Unethical Manner
This is one of those areas that we wish we did not have to have a policy and procedure about, but unfortunately it has become necessary and we hope it will help everyone involved in the certification process to feel safe and cared for along the way.
The applicant/candidate will conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, respecting the boundaries and personhood of any BCCI Staff, Commission Member, Area Certification Chair or Certification Committee Member. If at anytime an applicant/candidate acts in an unprofessional, unethical or threatening way, the conduct will be subject to a review by the APC Professional Ethics Committee in Consultation with the BCCI Commission on Certification.
 
All committee members will conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, respecting the boundaries and personhood of any Candidate, BCCI Staff, Commission Member, Area Certification Chair or Certification Committee Member. If at anytime a committee member acts in an unprofessional, unethical or threatening way, the conduct will be subject to a review by the APC Professional Ethics Committee in Consultation with the BCCI Commission on Certification.
 
If an Appeal has been upheld or if any of the Policies and Procedures for BCCI Certification Committees have been discovered to have not been followed, a review of the committee members will be conducted by the BCCI Commission on Certification. Committee members may be subject to a review by the APC Professional Ethics Committee, as described in Section 3. Part 1.II.X of the BCCI Policy and Procedure Handbook.
 
The BCCI Policy and Procedure Handbook will soon be on the BCCI website and will be updated each time there is a change or edition to the certification process. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about BCCI certification please do not hesitate to call or email us with your thoughts.