Application for Board Certified Professional Chaplain

Requirements for Board Certified Professional Chaplain Credential

Please note the application requires a non-refundable fee ranging from $225-$300 US Dollars for the certification and membership, an optional $20 non-refundable Specialized Ministry Designator (per Designator) fee, and an application fee ($50 non-refundable).

Please download the form and complete it offline.

IMPORTANT: Before you get started, you must collect and scan several supporting documents as noted below.

  • Education: Notarized copies of University/Seminary diplomas
  • Completed WSHO Ecclesiastical Verification Form from Religious/Spiritual Endorsing Authority
  • Current copy of your Resume
  • WSHO Equivalency Request form (if applicable)
  • Signed WSHO Professional Oath
  • Three (2) Letters of Recommendation from two chaplain peers addressing your professional competence and personal character
  • Letter of Support from applicants’ employer/administrator/commander, which verifies applicant has not less than two years chaplain experience. This letter must be written, signed and dated on the official letter-head paper of the recommending organization. (Additional letters needed for each additional ministry type claimed.)
  • Write a statement about what you consider to constitute (1. Spiritual Health (2. Emotional Wellness (3. Love (4. Effective ministry in a diverse inter-cultural and inter-faith environment
  • Write an essay (1 page or less) regarding the integration of personal Character and professional competence in Chaplaincy
  • Write a 1 page essay describing how you personally and professionally live the WSHO Mission Statement about Spirituality
  • Write a 1-2 page essay regarding the integration of Spirituality and the Behavioral Sciences
  • Write a 2-3 page Religious/Spiritual autobiography describing your spiritual journey to this point in your life
  • If you have completed any units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provide copy of Supervisor’s Final Evaluation.
  • Verification of 500 post-CPE Clinically Supervised Hours
  • If you already have a Chaplain certification from a different certifying entity and are requesting reciprocity please submit a notarized copy of your certification.
  • For Master Board Certification Only: documented evidence of (1. Pastoral Leadership, (2. Professional Achievement in ministry, (3. Contribution to profession of Chaplaincy, and (4. Not less than 7 continuous years of post-CPE professional chaplaincy experience.

Send the documents via e-mail to or mail hard-copies including this application, fees, and requisite attachments to:
WSHO, PO Box 58766, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-8766