International Conference of Police Chaplains
Offers Training for Police Chaplains

Basic Training Level can be attained by attending one Annual Training Seminar
and completing twelve (12) core classes

Regional Training Seminars are held each year to help complete
Basic Level can be attained by attending three
Regional Training Seminars and completing twelve (12) core classes

 

   Basic, Senior and Master Training Levels
   All training level Credentialing programs of ICPC are voluntary.  Not all chaplains will wish to pursue them.
   Chaplains should apply for the highest level of Credentialing for which they qualify. (i.e. it is not necessary to have Basic before
   Senior, etc.). Applicants must be members of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. They each have different requirements.

 
  
Basic Training Level
   Applications can be secured from the ICPC office.  The process for Basic Training Level credentialing is simple
   The application form calls for information such as name, department served, etc. and a listing of when and where the
   3.5 CEU's were obtained (including the required 12 topics.)

   Needed: Completion of 3.5 Continuing Education Units, (35 training hours) which must include the following 12 courses:

   * Stress Management
   * Death Notification
   * Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
   * Burn Out for Officers and Chaplains
   * Legal Liability and Confidentiality
   * Ethics
   * Responding to a Crisis Situation
   * Law Enforcement Family
   * Substance Abuse
   * Suicide
   * Officer Injury or Death
   * Sensitivity and Diversity
   The Basic certificate must be renewed every five years by earning at least .6 additional CEU's.
 

    Senior Training Level
    A. Member in good standing in the ICPC.

   
B. Render service as an active law enforcement chaplain in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years
    (not necessary consecutively).

   
C. Completion of fifteen (15) Continuing Education Units by any or a combination of the following:
   
    (1) Attendance and participation at Annual Training Seminars.
    (2) Attendance and participation at regional workshops.
    (3) Submission and verification of training received through accredited law enforcement training
    schools, academies, or agencies. The ICPC Credentials Committee will determining the number of CEUís to be given
    for each class submitted.
    (4) Evidence of a significant contribution to the promotion of law enforcement Chaplaincy may be submitted to be
    evaluated for CEU credit by the Credential Committee. Some examples might include a published article,
    participation as an instructor at the Annual Training Seminar, regional local workshops, law enforcement
    training schools, or a significant scholarly undertaking such as a research project, paper, thesis, etc.
    (5) Attendance and participation in any training event relative to law enforcement Chaplaincy endorsed by the
    ICPC Continuing Education Committee.

    D. Submission of Letters of Endorsement (must be current within the last 18 months, on letterhead, and signed):
    (1) From the administrator of the law enforcement agency served by the chaplain
    (2) From the governing body of the chaplainís ecclesiastical affiliation.

    E. An oral interview with a member of the Credential Committee, usually held at an Annual Training Seminar.
    F. For applicants not possessing an ICPC Basic Training Level, documentation must be submitted satisfying the requirement
    of the twelve (12) core courses.

    Master Level Requirements
    A. Member in good standing in the ICPC.
   
B. Render service as an active law enforcement chaplain in good standing for a minimum of ten (10) years (not necessarily
    consecutively).
   
C. Completion of twenty-five (25) Continuing Education Units (CEU's) by any or a combination of the following:
    (1) Attendance and participation at Annual Training Seminars.
    (2) Attendance and participation at regional workshops.
    (3) Submission and verification of training in prescribed areas received through accredited law enforcement training schools,
    or agencies. The ICPC Credential Committee will determining the number of CEUís to be given for each class submitted.
    (4) Evidence of a significant contribution to the promotion of law enforcement Chaplaincy may be submitted to be
    evaluated for CEU credit by the Credential Committee. Some examples might include a published article,
    participation as an ICPC instructor at Annual Training Seminar, regional local workshops, law enforcement
    training schools, or a significant scholarly undertaking such as a research project, paper, thesis, etc.
    (5) Attendance and participation in any training event relative to law enforcement Chaplaincy endorsed by the
    ICPC Continuing Education Committee.
    (6) For applicants not possessing an ICPC Basic Training Level, documentation must be submitted satisfying the requirement
    of the twelve (12) core courses.

    D. Submission of Letters of Endorsement:
    (1) From the administrator of the law enforcement agency served by the chaplain;
    (2) From the governing body of the chaplainís ecclesiastical affiliation.

    E. Submission and approval of an original paper on some area of law enforcement chaplaincy, the topic of
    which is assigned or approved by the Committee in advance. The format of the paper should lend itself to an
    oral presentation at an Annual Training Seminar, and such presentation may be required by the Committee.
    Final approval of the paper will be given in accordance with the following stipulations:
    (1) The length of the paper is not to be less than 2,500 words, typewritten, thesis style.  Exceptions need
    prior approval of the Committee.
    (2) Content is to be judged as adequately addressing the topic.
    (3) The paper should represent the best work of the candidate and be commensurate with the level of integrity of
    a Master chaplain. 
    (4) While the paper need not be original research project, it should represent a
    valuable and significant contribution to law enforcement chaplaincy as a ministry. A copy will also be submitted
    to the ICPC Historian for inclusion in the ICPC archives and a copy will be submitted to the ICPC lending library.

    F. Procedures:
    (1) Application for candidacy is approved by the Chairperson of the Credential Committee.
    (2) The candidate is assigned a mentor (a member of the Credential Committee) for the duration of the
    certification process. The mentor shall provide counsel and guidance to assist the candidate throughout the process.
    (3) The candidate shall provide a final draft of his/her paper to the Chairperson of the Credential Committee by
    January 1st of the year in which Credential is to be given. Copies of the paper will be given to three members
    of the Credential Committee for their reading, comments, and recommendations. The paper will be returned
    to the candidate for modification and submitted Credential Committee.
    (4) The Chairperson of the Credential Committee will assign a member of the committee to serve as co-interviewer
    with the candidateís mentor for an oral interview during the ATS. This interview will be the final step in the
    Credentialing process.

    Liaison Officer Basic Training Level
    4.0 CEU's required. These must include the 12 courses for Chaplain Basic Training Level plus the following:
    Starting a Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Program
    Liaison Officer I
    Liaison Officer II
    Liaison Officer III

    Applications can be secured from the ICPC office.

    Additional Information
    A.  A $25 fee will be required upon submission of an application for Credentialing.

    B.  "A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing
    education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction."

    C.  A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) equals 2 CEUís.

    D.  One contact hour equals fifty (50) minutes of class time in workshops and seminars (as determined by the
    Continuing Education and
Credentials Committee.)

    For more information and contacts go to International Conference of Police Chaplains