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Components of CPE

Program Requirements

  • Learning contract negotiated with supervisor
  • At least 400 hours of combined ministry and participation in supervised group process
  • Recording and evaluation of ministry
  • Reflection on ministry with peers and supervisor
  • Individual supervisory conferences
  • Final written self-evaluation
  • Final written evaluation by supervisor

Learning Units

One unit of CPE is equal to 400 hours.

Three units are offered throughout the year:

  • Spring: January – April
  • Summer: End of May – Beginning of August
  • Fall: September – December

Residency Programs extend for one year from September to end of August.

Please see our CPE Program Calendar for program dates.

Certification as a Chaplain requires 4 units of CPE, a Masters Degree in Theological Studies and meeting with one of the National Committees:

  • The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)
  • The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
  • The Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE)
  • The National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC)


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