Membership and Certification
Applications & Procedures
Membership in AAPC is open to all who support
AAPC's mission to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to
individuals, families, and communities. The primary benefit of
membership is to be a formal participant in the dialogue on the
integration of spirituality and one's professional
Standards and Application
A member supports AAPC's mission to bring healing,
hope, and wholeness to individuals, families, and
Pastoral Care Specialist Standards
Pastoral Care Specialist (PCS) is
a category of membership for those who have completed AAPC Approved
Training and Supervision for pastoral care in congregations and
institutions. The Pastoral Care Specialist category is designed for
pastors, students and lay pastoral care givers.
Programs for Pastoral Care Specialist
This general category is intended to include International persons
who are educators, ministers, pastoral counselors or who practice
pastoral counseling as defined by the Association.
Please follow this link to Certifications - please see Note
*NOTE: Due to significant decrease in requests for
certification and liability issues AAPC will discontinue the
Certification process on June 30, 2016. For new candidates,
one must submit an application by August 31, 2015 and complete all
requirements for Certification by June 30, 2016. Going
forward, all certified members will maintain one's level of
certification that was achieved by or before June 30,
Application Process and
Applications: Please print applications from
this web page or ordered by contacting the Association Office.
Submission of Applications: Completed
applications, including all required supporting documentation and
processing fee, are to be sent to the Association office.
Processing and Review: All applications will be
processed by the Association office. Applications for those
categories requiring a committee consultation will then be
forwarded to the appropriate Certification Committee Chair. The
Chair will notify the applicant regarding documents to be
submitted, and time and place of the consultation.
AAPC Application Fees
Thank you for your interest in AAPC membership
we look forward to working with you.