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Membership in the Association of Professional Chaplains® is open to anyone who supports the APC  mission.

Join today to experience the networking, resources, collegiality and educational opportunities available to APC® members. Or, join to support the important work of professional chaplains in specialized ministry settings.

Thank you for your interest in joining APC.  Our online application system is currently unavailable.  If you would like to join APC please fill out the application form linked below and email to and we will process it as soon as possible.

Certification is conducted through APC's affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® (BCCI®). As an APC member, you will receive discounted BCCI® application and maintenance of certification fees.

Benefits of Membership

The national office staff and our leaders are dedicated to providing support and resources. APC offers you these valuable membership benefits:

  • Membership in a professional society with established national qualifications for certification, standards  of practice and a code of ethics
  • Creative and enriching educational opportunities, such as the annual conference and local meetings
  • Membership in an organization that advocates for professional chaplaincy at a national and local level, and the opportunity to be involved at various leadership levels
  • Enriching opportunity for professional development fostered through collegial relationships with chaplains representing many spiritual/faith groups, cultures and disciplines
  • Personal consultation with executive and administrative support staff in our national office on issues and resources relevant to chaplaincy
  • A variety of publications, including a regularly published newsletter and professional journals
  • Numerous professional  resources, including sample job descriptions and current articles of interest
  • Discounted pricing on APC educational programs and conferences, products and resources, and BCCI certification

Join the Association of Professional Chaplains today.

"I joined APC because of the breadth and depth of supportive resources and services that it offers – and I have not been disappointed!"
Rabbi Melech Lensky BCC, Milwaukee, WI

"My membership in APC and certification with BCCI are invaluable to me. They represent the latest and greatest of education, research, and standards in chaplaincy. This membership and certification say to other professionals that chaplains do hard work to do the ministry we offer in our various settings."
Rev. Darryl I. Owens BCC, Chapel Hill, NC